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Celtics push Cavs to the brink as Tatum, defense spark Game 5 rout

Jayson Tatum stole the show and Boston's defense stymied LeBron in the second half. Now the Celtics head back to Cleveland with a chance to end King James' Eastern Conference reign.

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Celtics defend home court

The Celtics use great defense and drain 13 3-pointers to take down the Cavs and improve to 10-0 at home in the playoffs.


Morris, Nance get into heated altercation

Marcus Morris taunts Larry Nance Jr. after a block. Nance shoves Morris as teammates try to separate them. Morris and Nance receive technical fouls.


Lue's explanation on Korver playing time unreal

Ty Lue says Kyle Korver didn't play more because the Celtics didn't play Korver's matchup, Semi Ojeleye.


Rozier feeds Horford for the alley-oop

After LeBron James misses a layup, Terry Rozier flies downcourt and lobs a pass up to Al Horford, who finishes with a two-handed dunk.


Nance's poster attempt fail

Larry Nance Jr. tries to throw down a huge dunk over Aron Baynes, but gets called for a charge.


Brown says Celtics had their best defense of the year

Jaylen Brown explains why the Celtics' defense was a key factor in defeating the Cavaliers in Game 5.


Tatum says Celtics played with more poise in Game 5

Jayson Tatum explains how the Celtics were able to once again protect home court in Game 5 and what Boston needs to do to win in Cleveland.


Celtics bounce back at home

Jayson Tatum scores 24 points and the Celtics force 15 turnovers as they regain momentum with a 96-83 win in Game 5.


Pierce credits Stevens for Celtics' play

Paul Pierce says Brad Stevens has prepared the young Boston players well and says LeBron will step up with his back against the wall.


Tatum converts steal into layup

Jayson Tatum picks up Kevin Love's bad pass and drives right past LeBron James for a layup.


Ball movement leads to Smart's 3-pointer

Celtics pass the ball around a couple of times before Marcus Smart pulls up from 3-point land and drains it.


LeBron's sloppy pass leads to Tatum's 3-pointer

LeBron James turns the ball over with a bad pass and at the other end, Jayson Tatum knocks down a pull-up 3-pointer.


Celtics hitting from downtown

The Celtics drain nine 3-pointers in the first half and hold an 11-point advantage at halftime.


Smart drains back-to-back buckets

Marcus Smart banks in a shot off the glass and on the next possession, smart floats in a layup.


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Thompson off the mark on potential tying jumper

With time running out and down two, Klay Thompson can't connect on the short jumper and the Warriors foul with 0.5 seconds left.


Harden credits Rockets' intensity for victory

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CP3: 'When its winning time, you gotta suck it up'

Chris Paul says he told his teammates to "fight back" after the Warriors' run.


Did the Warriors need a timeout?

Down two points with the ball and a timeout, the Warriors play it out and get a poor shot and a loss in Game 4. The Warriors explain why the timeout wasn't used.


Rockets rally to take Game 4

In a must-win game on the road, the Rockets overcome a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Warriors.


Kerr: Warriors wanted timeout on late possession

Warriors coach Steve Kerr says his team "ran out of gas" in the 4th quarter and that Draymond Green tried to get a timeout in the finals seconds.


Curry knows Warriors can win in Houston

Steph Curry explains that the Warriors' mindset won't change now that Houston has regained home-court advantage.


Stephen A.: 'Houston refused to go away'

Stephen A. Smith breaks down the Rockets' performance, regaining home court advantage, and wondering if Golden State can answer back.


Curry can't score as time expires

With 0.5 seconds left, Steph Curry misses a game-tying 3-pointer, but it wouldn't of counted as it came after the buzzer.


Curry shines with another signature third quarter

Steph Curry drops 17 points in the third quarter, matching the Rockets by himself.


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