Celtics oust 76ers, advance to face Cavaliers

The Celtics gutted out another dramatic victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 114-112, in Game 5 on Wednesday, and will now face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trip to the NBA Finals.

After shooting 13-24 (54.2%) in the last six seconds of the shot clock in Game 1, the Celtics have shot just just 33.3% (including 9-29 from three) on those shots over the last three games.

It might have been more ideal for Boston if Smart had made the first free throw and missed the second, potentially creating an offensive rebound or forcing a rushed Sixers' possession.

Embiid had a chance to tie it after Tatum made it 111-109 with 18.8 seconds left.

The Philadelphia 76ers simply would not go away. They got one. We did what we were supposed to do. We're seeing a Boston team without Kyrie Irving, without Gordon Hayward, the Celtics are about to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference finals. Usual suspects Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were key too, notching 25 and 24 points respectively.

The 76ers did things in game four that suggest they have more life than being down 3-1, but the Celtics also know they still have all the control over this series, and need to make sure they take matters into their own hands, and do not let the 76ers control how this series is going to be determined.

They would also join their housemates the Boston Bruins, who lost a 3-0 lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010. Saric and T.J McConnell had five points apiece.

The Celtics scored the last eight points of the first half, including 3-pointers by Baynes and one by Rozier at the buzzer, to open a 61-52 lead.

After striking up a long-distance friendship with Drew Bledsoe during the Milwaukee series, Rozier finally met the former Patriots quarterback for real.

Embiid loves to chat during games, and he was doing it again Monday night against the Boston Celtics. "The guy that should have won got it".

Other coaches to receive votes were Brett Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts.

After losing the first two games of the series in Boston by 21 points (16 in Game 1 and five in Game 2), the Celtics went on to steal Game 3 in Philadelphia 101-98 in overtime.

76ers: Embiid was called for a technical foul for elbowing Horford under the basket midway through the third period. The live televised game coverage will be available on the TNT channel.

Brad Stevens wasn't going there. In general, Game 5 is on Wednesday and Morris is anxious for another opportunity to close out the Sixers. Like Brown, he has become one of the go-to players on a reconfigured Celtics roster that in many ways is now being led by his youthful core.

Tatum is the second rookie this post-season to notch seven straight 20-plus point playoff games.

  • Stacy Allen