Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass powered the Boston Celtics to a 101-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 on Monday night and helped the C’s take a 3-2 lead in the series by scoring 18 of his post-season career-high 27 points in the third quarter — he is the only Celtic to reach double-figures in each game this series versus Philadelphia.
Bass finished 9-of-13 from the field and made 9-of-10 foul shots in the game while grabbing a team-high six rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Teammate Kevin Garnett poured in 20 points and matched Bass’ rebounding output with six boards in his 33 minutes of game time.
Paul Pierce was only three-of-seven from the field overall but made all nine of his free-throw attempts in the game to give him 16 points in the victory. Rajon Rondo achieved a double-double in the contest with 13 points and 14 assists while adding two steals to his stat sheet in a team-high 39 minutes of action. Backup center Greg Stiemsma had a very productive 14 minutes of game time as he was a perfect five-for-five from the field for 10 points.
Veteran power forward Elton Brand led the 76ers with 19 points but only had three rebounds in 30 minutes of game time. Brand’s backup Lavoy Allen scored 12 points and was a perfect six-of-six from the field in his 19 minutes of limited action off the bench. Evan Turner assisted with 11 points as point guard Jrue Holiday and center Spencer Hawes chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Philly established a late 23-19 first quarter lead and remained on top throughout the second period and led 50-47 at half time.
Boston tied the score in the third then started to pull away later in the period as they went on a 14-2 run powered by Bass who scored eight points during the spurt to help put the Celtics up 63-57 with five minutes left in the quarter.
The 76ers would respond by scoring five quick points and cut the deficit to 63-62 following a timeout called by Philly head coach Doug Collins however Boston closed out the final three minutes of the period on a 10-2 run to take a 75-66 lead into the final quarter.
The C’s extended their lead to as many as 19 points late in the fourth period with four minutes left to play and coasted down the stretch to a 101-85 victory.
Boston leads Philadelphia 3-2
Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Youth got the better of experience as the young guns of the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the older Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night to win the series 4-1.
The Lakers kept the game close in the first half but the Thunder came alive after the break and started to pull away late in the third period as they ended the quarter on a 10-4 run to take a 83-77 advantage into the final 12 minutes.
OKC opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run capped off by Kevin Durant’s two trifectas and coasted the rest of the way as the Thunder won the game 106-90 to clinch the series and their ticket to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year.
Russell Westbrook led the charge for Oklahoma City with a team-high 28 points while superstar teammate Kevin Durant chipped in with a double-double performance of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sixth Man of the Year James Harden was also in double-figures with 17 points along with eight boards and four assists in the contest. The trio totaled 70 points in the game while the other 11 players for OKC who logged minutes only scored 36 points.
Laker legend Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 42 points as Pau Gasol posted a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards in a game high 44 minutes of action. Metta World Peace (11) and Andrew Bynum (10) were also in double-figures. Bynum only grabbed four rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
The Thunder will square off with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday at 8:00 PM (ET) on TNT TV.
Oklahoma City wins series 4-1
Topics: Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bynum, Boston Celtics, Brandon Bass, Elton Brand, Evan Turner, Greg Stiemsma, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Lavoy Allen, Metta World Peace, NBA Playoffs, Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce, Philadelphia 76ers, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Russell Westbrook, Spencer Hawes