The Celtics prevailed Wednesday night in a wild 114-112 win that came down to the final possession, setting Boston up for an Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cavs.
Game 5 saw several lead changes, insane shots and clutch plays - and that was just the fourth quarter. A late layup from Jayson Tatum and strip of Joel Embiid by Terry Rozier turned the tables in Boston's favor, and Philadelphia was unable to recapture the lead despite a valiant effort.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 49 points, and Marcus Smart provided a spark off the bench with 14 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals. Joel Embiid and Dario Saric each scored 27 points for the Sixers in the loss.
If you missed any of the action from Game 5, check out the best highlights below.
Game 5 box score | Play-by-play
Final: Celtics 114, 76ers 112
10:56 p.m. ET - Marcus Smart misses the first free throw, then makes the second AFTER he tried to miss it intentionally. Ben Simmons tried to throw a Hail Mary pass, but Smart intercepted it and ran out the clock.
Wow. The Celtics are heading back to the Eastern Conference finals.
For the second consecutive season, the @celtics are Eastern Conference Finals bound! #NBAPlayoffs#CUsRise pic.twitter.com/wo0Cl1J55K- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
10:53 p.m. ET - Terry Rozier is fouled, and he hits both free throws to make it a two-possession game. JJ Redick answers with a deep 3-pointer at the other end. This one is not over.
Celtics 113, 76ers 112 with 3.8 seconds to go. Philadelphia needs to foul to stop the clock, then get the ball up the floor quickly. Brett Brown has not timeouts.
JJ from the top of the key! pic.twitter.com/Die9Klq5cI- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
10:50 p.m. ET - Joel Embiid misses a shot close to the basket and corrals the offensive rebound, but he's stripped by Terry Rozier. The ball goes off Embiid's leg out of bounds, and the Celtics take over. Only 10.8 seconds remaining...
10:47 p.m. ET - Jayson Tatum cuts through the lane for the open layup! Boston up by two!
Celtics 111, 76ers 109 with 18.8 seconds left. This could be the final possession of the game - and the series.
Smart to Tatum in the clutch! #CUsRise #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/5cVJ1t53Tf- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
10:40 p.m. ET - Dario Saric gives the Sixers the lead! A 3-pointer from the right wing pushes Philadelphia in front of Boston. Only two minutes to go...
WHAT. A. GAME.@sixers back on top!- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
Get to TNT for the finish! pic.twitter.com/DZ85CepZOy
10:34 p.m. ET - The Celtics are back on top after a 10-0 run. Boston is ahead 100-94 with 5:27 on the clock. Al Horford is providing a steady hand, as usual.
Light work for Al Horford down low. 💪 pic.twitter.com/uQMAUyc7lG- Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 10, 2018
10:24 p.m. ET - These Sixers will not quit. Philadelphia has a two-point lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. You have got to be impressed with the effort of this young team.
After a pair of misses from Brown, Covington hits a 3, the Sixers' 6th, and it's 90-88, Sixers first lead since 48-47.- Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) May 10, 2018
10:19 p.m. ET - Jaylen Brown has been terrific in Game 5. He has scored 24 points (10-of-13 from the field), including the first five of the final frame.
End of third quarter: Celtics 83, 76ers 82
10:10 p.m. ET - With a late surge, the Sixers close the gap and stay within striking distance. Joel Embiid carried Philly in that quarter, making a huge impact on both ends. He's got 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks so far. Let's see how much fatigue comes into play, because he expended a lot of energy.
.@JoelEmbiid getting it done on both ends! 💪#NBAPlayoffs | #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/2ob87mk5q1- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
9:59 p.m. ET - OK, this third quarter has just been full of ridiculous shots. Jaylen Brown went full acrobat.
That's tough, @FCHWPO 😤#NBAPlayoffs | #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/hs1XuaM6do- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
9:48 p.m. ET - Not to be outdone, Aron Baynes with some fancy footwork of his own...
Aron Baynes footwork! 👣👀#CUsRise 72 | #PhilaUnite 63- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/1FLmXBlMJU
9:44 p.m. ET - What kind of sorcery is this?!
🌀🌀🌀 pic.twitter.com/SFnuCWeQTd- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 10, 2018
9:35 p.m. ET - It doesn't appear that hamstring injury is affecting Jaylen Brown. He's got five quick points to start the second half. Nothing wrong with that outside shot.
.@celtics are out here hustlin' in the second half!#NBAPlayoffs | #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/nEnDHkWH4q- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
Halftime: Celtics 61, 76ers 52
9:19 p.m. ET - The Celtics lead by nine after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Terry Rozier. Boston really flexed its muscles to end that half. Jayson Tatum has a game-high 14 points, but it's been more than a one-man show. Six Celtics players have at least eight points. Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and T.J. McConnell are once driving the offense for the 76ers, but they'll need their shooters to contribute in the final two quarters if they want to avoid elimination.
🚨 And Terry Rozier buries it to end the half! 🚨#CUsRise pic.twitter.com/89IYhiVuMI- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
9:07 p.m. ET - What a fake by Ben Simmons. That's exactly the kind of play he made all season long, and it should make Sixers fans happy.
.@BenSimmons25 with the FAKE and FINISH! 😯#NBAPlayoffs | #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/wOATfZJ7uG- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
9:02 p.m. ET - Joel Embiid keeps getting buckets. The big man is hitting near the basket and from midrange. It will be interesting to see if he can sustain this level of shooting (5-of-7 from the field) as the game progresses.
Two defenders, two points. pic.twitter.com/vUPJ5wsY8j- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 10, 2018
8:53 p.m. ET - Jayson Tatum is looking to attack on almost every possession. He's got 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. The Sixers have McConnell matched up with him, but he's too small to contest Tatum's jumper.
.@jaytatum0 is gettin' buckets!- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
He's up to 12 PTS midway through the 2Q.#NBAPlayoffs | #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/gLVaMI2fIh
End of first quarter: Celtics 25, 76ers 24
8:45 p.m. ET - A fun, competitive opening period. Both teams are benefiting from a balanced scoring attack. Six different players have scored at least five points so far, including Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, who added two points to his total with this impressive alley-oop slam.
Defense ➡️ offense for the @celtics! ☘️#NBAPlayoffs | #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/xL34wT5tJ5- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 10, 2018
8:36 p.m. ET - Ben Simmons throws it down WITH AUTHORITY.
Take flight, young fella! pic.twitter.com/FmZwkHPA8s- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 10, 2018
8:27 p.m. ET - The Sixers rattle off a 7-0 run to gain an early 14-10 lead. How about a little high-low action?
Joel Embiid & Dario Saric high-low action! 👏#PhilaUnite 14 | #CUsRise 10- NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2018
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8:20 p.m. ET - Jaylen Brown is off to a fast start. He scores six of Boston's first eight points. This game already has a good pace going.
8:07 p.m. ET - The 76ers stick with the same starters from Game 4: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, T.J. McConnell, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. The Celtics will push Jaylen Brown into the starting lineup and bring Marcus Smart off the bench.
Tonight's starting line-up vs @celtics presented by @Toyota pic.twitter.com/TS2UwQSgje- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 9, 2018
7:54 p.m. ET - JJ Redick has hit only 35.5 percent of his 3-pointers against the Celtics, well below his regular season percentage (42.0). A hot night from him would improve the Sixers' odds of forcing a Game 6.
JJ Redick warms up his jumper in Boston as the @sixers look to stay alive!- NBA (@NBA) May 9, 2018
🏀: #PhilaUnite x #CUsRise Game 5
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