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It looked like it was going to be all Cleveland again shortly into the first half, but Boston exploded in a great fashion tonight and came back to beat the Cavs 96-89 in Game 5 in Boston. The Celtics started this game off poorly and seemed to play just like the way they had during the fourth quarter of Game 4 in Cleveland on Monday night. The Cavs had a 43-29 lead in the second quarter before the Celtics were able to score 14 of their last 17 points in the half to cut the lead to 46-43 at halftime.
The third quarter was all Boston, as the Celtics were able to control the Cavs and King Lebron James. James was limited to one basket in the third quarter that came with just about no time left, and the Celtics took advantage by out scoring Cleveland 29-17. The Celtics continued to play well into the fourth and held Cleveland at bay until their lead was only six points towards the end of the game. However, Paul Pierce converted five free throws in the last 16 seconds of the game to put it away.
Paul Pierce lead the Celtics in scoring with 29 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. However, it was Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett who really took control and got the Celtics back into the game and held them there. Rondo hit key three pointers late in the second quarter to put the Celtics back into the game and fed Garnett the ball on several occasions that KG was able to convert into points on the board. Rondo finished the night 20 points, 13 assists and only one turnover, while Garnett had 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Ray Allen seemed to find his groove again in the second half of this one after struggling the entire series thus far. Although Allen finished with only 11 points, he was a key contributer in the second half. The bench was not that much of a factor tonight as Doc Rivers left it to his starters to finish this one off. Glen Davis had 6 points in the fourth quarter and provided a nice energy towards the end of the game.
Cleveland, on the other side, had pretty much all of their scoring out of Lebron James. James finished the game with 35 points, but he was only 4 of 11 from the floor in the second half. Delonte West added 21 points and Wally Szczerbiak had 10 points. It seems to be that when James scores the majority of Cleveland’s points that no one else will do anything for them. The Cavs only had three players in double figures tonight and really got nothing else from the rest of the team.
If the Celtics can contain James again like they did tonight and get him into a game where he is doing all the scoring then they can easily beat the Cavs up. When James is getting the ball around and setting up the assists is where he will cause problems. However, one man cannot do everything for the entire team even if it is Lebron James.