Field Goal %
- BOS 45.7
- 39.5 NY
Three Point %
- BOS 50.0
- 22.7 NY
- BOS 17
- 9 NY
- BOS 47
- 43 NY
- New York, NY
- Line: NY -8.0
0:00 - 4th Quarter
End of Game
The Celtics made 11 three-pointers and shot 50.0% on three-pointers in their Game 5 win. Boston is now 13-1 in its last 14 games (including postseason), when making at least 10 three-pointers while shooting at least 50% on those three-pointers.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley played a series-low 22 minutes in Game 5, this after playing a series-high 40 minutes in Game 4 when the Knicks nearly overcame a 20-point deficit to win. Playing Bradley less has proved beneficial for Boston. When he's on the court against the Knicks, Boston averages just 77.0 points per 48 minutes and the team shoots 28.8 percent from beyond the arc. When he's on the bench, the Celtics average nearly 90 points per 48 minutes and shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
Carmelo Anthony was in isolation on 52% of his offensive plays in Game 5, going 3 of 12 from the field on those plays. Anthony has shot 29.8% from the field in isolation this series (46.3% on all other plays).
The Knicks used isolation on 16% of their offensive plays in the regular season, the highest rate in the NBA (league average: 10%). In the postseason, though, the Knicks have upped that rate. to 27%.
The Celtics were 17-17 from the foul line in Game 5, their third-most made free throws without a miss in the playoffs in the last 40 seasons. Boston is shooting 88.5 percent from the line in the series compared to 74.2 percent for the Knicks, and made all 19 of its free throws in Game 1.
The Celtics are the 11th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 series. Only 3 teams have forced a Game 7 and all 3 of them were at home in Game 6, like the Celtics. Home teams are 3-3 in Game 6s after trailing 3-0. Of course, no team has ever come back to win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0. This is the first time the Celtics have ever forced a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 series.
Kevin Garnett is the first player with a 15-15-5 game in a playoff win against the Knicks since Larry Bird.
Jason Kidd was held scoreless and had 0 assists in more than 21 minutes on the floor. He's just the 4th point guard with such a game in the playoffs in the last 20 seasons.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced a number of additions to their front office and coaching staffs on Sunday.
Jackie MacMullan believes several NBA teams will offer Kevin Garnett positions after he announced his retirement.
With the Pelicans facing the possibility of missing the playoffs yet again, they need Anthony Davis more than ever to get the franchise through tough times.