The Boston Celtics extended their impressive playoff home winning streak to 10 games after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 in Game 5 .
Jayson Tatum led the way with 24 points, while Al Horford finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
With the Cavs now on the brink of elimination, here are three takeaways from Game 5:
Boston go big
With Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup for Marcus Morris, Brad Stevens set the tone early for Boston: They weren't going to be manhandled inside at home.
In their two home wins, the Cavs' frontcourt had the edge, with Tristan Thompson becoming a big factor, but credit to Horford, Baynes and Morris, who got their hands dirty patrolling the paint and making Thompson a non-factor. TT finished with one points, six rebounds and zero blocks.
Asked Ty Lue how Celtics going big affected Cavs: "Horford and Baynes together out there was good and Morris played well coming off the bench. It was the right move."- Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 24, 2018
Baynes played 29 minutes and chipped in six points, seven rebounds and three blocks and plays like this show how valuable he is to the Celtics on both ends.
Baynes getting it done on both ends! pic.twitter.com/Xmu9x7J3lr- Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 24, 2018
Supporting cast goes missing
On a night where LeBron wasn't piling on the points, the Cavaliers needed their role players to step up. LeBron finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds on 10-of-22 shooting and 1-of-6 from deep, but didn't get a ton of help from the rest of his teammates.
Kevin Love was the only other Cavs player to finish in double figures (14 points, 7 rebounds), with J.R. Smith (2 points), Kyle Korver (7 pts) and George Hill (7 pts) struggling big time.
Outside of Love and LeBron, the rest of the Cavs combined to score 42 points on 14-for-39 shooting and as the series has shown, without a solid spread of scoring, the Cavs make life hard for themselves.
LeBron James and Kevin Love combined for 40 points.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 24, 2018
The Cavaliers other 3 starters (George Hill, J.R. Smith, and Tristan Thompson) combined for 10 points on 2-14 shooting.
Cavs' failure to capitalise
All things considering, Boston will be pretty happy they won a playoff game shooting 36% from the field and 33% from three.
Cleveland had their opportunities to strike but just couldn't put it together on offence in those key moments. From wide open misses to botched layups, Cleveland's poor execution led to plenty of easy buckets for the Celtics on the fast-break.
Instead of trimming the lead, Cleveland let Boston maintain/extend their buffer too many times.
Those swings proved costly for the Cavs.
Rozier finds Horford for the oop in transition! 💥 pic.twitter.com/mOTN9G6t1X- Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 24, 2018
On a night when they didn't shoot the ball well, those buckets proved vital for Boston. They scored 18 fast-break points in Game 5, with 15 points coming off 15 Cavs turnovers.
LeBron looked noticeably tired in Game 5, with some lackadaisical plays at key moments. He finished with six turnovers.
Whether it was tired legs or a lack of focus, the Cavs know what they need to clean up for Game 6.