The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in Miami 93-80 in game 5. The Celtics now hold a 3-2 series lead and are a win from clinching the first NBA Finals berth since 2010. The Celtics played swarming defense against the Heat. They started the game slowly. However, as the game progressed their defense started to swarm the Heat. They were able to get timely buckets as well. Celtics Head Coach Eme Udoka spoke on his team’s stellar defensive effort during his postgame interview.
“I think the mental stress and strain we put on some teams with our defense has worked and carried us through the playoffs at times,” Celtics Head Coach Ime Udoka said.
Jaylen Brown scored 25 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field. Brown shot 5-for-9 from the three-point line. Brown grabbed four rebounds and dished out an assist. Brown spoke postgame about his team’s and his performance. He also spoke about the Celtics’ opportunity that they have in front of them.
“We’ve got an opportunity to do something with this group that’s special,” Brown said. “Let’s not take that for granted.”
Jayson Tatum once again led the Celtics. Tatum scored 22 points on 7-for-20 shooting from the field. Tatum knocked down 2-for-8 from behind the three-point line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out nine assists. One assist from recording a triple-double.
More Celtics Contributions
- Al Horford scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out five assists.
- Derrick White scored 14 points, grabbed a rebound, and dished out five assists off the bench.
The Boston Celtics travel home to Boston with a 3-2 series lead. They have an opportunity to close this Eastern Conference Finals out at home. Game 6 will take place Friday, 5/27. Tip-off is at 8:30 pm from the TD Garden.