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Game 5: Boston 101 – Philadelphia 85
With the series tied at 2-2 it was time for one team to prove who wanted the series more and in the second half of Game 5 Boston did just that. Rondo continued his excellent playoff run with 13 points and 14 assists. At this point Rondo has become more dependable than the rock of Gibraltar, if the Celtics are playing then he is going to have an awesome game. The player of the game for the Cs was none other than Brandon Bass, Bass scored 18 in the third quarter that put Boston in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game. KG also continued his resurgence as he scored 20 points and played like he is ten years younger. Now the Celtics are just one game from returning to their third Eastern Conference Finals in the “big four” era.
The Sixers were competitive during the first half and even held the lead at the end of the first half. However the lack of any go to player came back to bite them in this game. Jodie Meeks was held scoreless tonight and missed on all three of his shot attempts. The third year player and the 76ers will have one more chance to even the series but for now sit at the brink of elimination. Game Six is in Philly, Wednesday night at 8.
Game 5: Oklahoma City 106 – LA Lakers 90
The series made it’s way back to Oklahoma and the Thunder took advantage and finished the match-up in commanding fashion. The young duo of Westbrook and Durant combined for 53 points and sixth man of the year James Harden added another 17 as the Thunder rolled. Nazr Mohammed broke his scoreless streak as he threw down a big dunk and finished with five points on 2-2 shooting. He is the only former Cat now left in the West. Next up for OKC is a date with history as only the Spurs, Lakers, or Mavericks have won the West the last 13 years. To be the first team besides them they will have to take down the hottest team in the Association and their 18 game winning streak. Game 1 of this must see series is next Tuesday.
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