BOSTON – The Sixers packed up their belongings from the visitor's locker room inside TD Garden to leave for Philadelphia. Some players had a look of "did that really just happen?" Others searched for words to describe how they felt less than an hour after their promising season came to a halt.
Jayson Tatum might wind up third in Rookie of the Year voting when it’s all said and done. The 2017 NBA draft’s No. 3 overall pick scored 10 of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Game 5, including a critical layup with 22 seconds left, to help the Boston Celtics fend off a Philadelphia 76ers team fighting for its playoff lives. Thanks to Tatum’s scoring and timely two-way heroics from veteran linchpins Al Horford and Marcus Smart, the Celtics withstood Philly’s furious second-half comeback, regained control of the game in the final minute, and held on for a 114-112 victory in front of a raucous crowd at TD Garden.
The friendship between Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier and former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe — born out of the heated rivalry between Rozier and Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe — reached new heights Wednesday after the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Bledsoe made a visit to the podium, thanking and congratulating the Celtics and even half-joking that a Terry Rosé is on the way.
As JJ Redick said following the Sixers' heart-breaking loss to the Celtics in Game 5, ending their season: maybe they didn't think it in October, but recently, this team definitely felt like it had the potential to win a championship.Sadly, the JJ threes
The Celtics are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals. Boston held off the precocious Sixers on Wednesday, winning Game 5, 114–112, and clinching their second-round series in the process. Philly battled back from a nine-point halftime deficit to take a lead late in the fourth, but the 76ers couldn’t hold on in the final two minutes.
The Celtics looked finished when Gordon Hayward went down in the season’s first game. The Celtics looked finished when Kyrie Irving underwent season-ending surgery just before the playoffs. The Celtics looked finished when they ran into the red-hot 76ers.
Former New England Patriots' quarterback Drew Bledsoe speaks postgame following a Boston Celtics series win over the 76ers in Game 5.
The Boston Celtics proved their toughness in a 114-112 game-five win over the Philadelphia 76ers to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Down late in the fourth quarter, Boston used a 6-0 run to get back in front as they sealed a 4-1 series victory on Wednesday. Playing without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward (out all season), the Celtics proved their depth by having all five starters score in double figures against the 76ers in Boston.
The Sixers were led by Dario Saric and Joel Embiid who each had 27 points. Tatum, who tallied 20 or more points for the seventh straight playoff, scored what appeared to be the winning basket with 22 seconds to play that made it a 109-107 game.
Jayson Tatum's go-ahead basket with 22.5 seconds left sent the Boston Celtics back to the Eastern Conference finals with a 114-112 win against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series Wednesday night. Tatum had a team-high 25 points, Jaylen Brown scored 24, Terry Rozier added 17 and Al Horford scored 15 for the Celtics, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series before losing 103-92 in Philadelphia on Monday.