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Nance's poster attempt fail (0:27)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have a major uphill battle in front of them heading into the 4th Q if they are to break the Celtics' perfect 9-0 home record this postseason. The Celtics are up 76-60 and while Cleveland has held Boston to just 38.1 percent from the floor, the Cavaliers aren't doing much better at 40.4 percent. The difference? Boston is shooting 40.7 percent from 3 while Cleveland is shooting 25 percent from the outside and the Cavs also have 11 turnovers while the Celtics have just eight.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs shot 25 percent from 3 in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, then shot 43.8 percent from 3 in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and are back down to 27.3 percent from 3 (6-for-22) so far in Game 5 at TD Garden.

Bogaerts delivers to give the Red Sox the lead (0:34)
Tatum converts steal into layup (0:17)
Ball movement leads to Smart's 3-pointer (0:22)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs have eight turnovers, LeBron James has four of them (including two costly ones in the 3rd Q). He came into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals averaging 5.4 turnovers per game in the series.

LeBron's sloppy pass leads to Tatum's 3-pointer (0:40)
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Nance, Morris, Rozier T'd up in Game 5 scuffle

Three technical fouls were handed out early in the second quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 after a fracas involving Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. and the Celtics' Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier.

Celtics hitting from downtown (0:50)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs stopped the bleeding in the second quarter, but still trail 53-42 heading into halftime. LeBron James has 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting; Kevin Love has 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting' Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson combined to score 10 points in the first half off the bench. Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 12 points.

Smart drains back-to-back buckets (0:27)
Morris, Nance get into heated altercation (1:21)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Disastrous 1st Q for Cleveland, as the Cavs trail 32-19. Kevin Love (10 pts) and LeBron James (8 pts) carried the offensive load. The rest of the Cavs roster to play thus far combined for 1 pt on 0-for-5 shooting. Cleveland has five turnovers, leading to six points for the Celtics. Boston is led by rookie Jayson Tatum, who has been ultra aggressive getting to the lane and has 9 pts so far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs are in some early trouble here, falling down double digits at 27-17. Cleveland has four turnovers -- the biggest thing it wanted to avoid in Game 5 -- and Boston has just one.

Tatum follows up 3-pointer with assist to Baynes (0:35)
Baynes caps off block with tip-in (0:24)
Tatum makes jump shot after nice dribble (0:23)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love, who went 3-for-12 in Game 4, has the Cavs' first two possessions in Game 5 go through him. He goes 1-for-2.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics tweak their starting lineup for Game 5: Aron Baynes starts in place of Marcus Morris. Boston's starters: Baynes, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier.

Celtics' stars arrive for Game 5 (0:22)