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Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points - his ninth 20-point game of the postseason - and Boston beat Cleveland 96-83 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain perfect at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010.

''I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games. That's when I have the most fun,'' said Tatum, who needs one more 20-point game to tie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's rookie record of 10 in a postseason.

''I can't say it enough: We're one win away from being in the finals,'' Tatum said. ''The playoffs bring the best out of people.''

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.

''We're looking forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7,'' said James, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds but also had six turnovers. ''It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more.''

Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and 21-year-old Jaylen Brown had 17 points for Boston. Tatum added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals one day after finishing a single vote shy of a unanimous selection to the NBA's All-Rookie team.

''The sky's the limit" for Tatum , Brown said. ''He's going to continue to get better. He's my workout partner. I expect it in myself and I expect it in him.''

Kevin Love scored 14 points for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.

To extend that streak, he'll need to win two in a row.

One of them will be in Boston.

''Our focus - LeBron's focus - is to win,'' Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. ''That's the only thing that matters.''

The Celtics opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and nursed it the rest of the way, holding on through a four-minute scoring drought that saw Cleveland score nine straight points to cut the deficit to 83-71. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.

Reserves Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13.

FADING STAR

James had one basket on four shots in the fourth quarter, and afterward conceded that he was worn down. He finished 1 for 6 from 3-point range in the game; the Cavaliers made just 9 of 34 attempts from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent overall.

''I had my moments, but I think everybody at this point is tired, worn down whatever the case may be,'' he said. ''I was still trying to make plays, put our team in position to win.''

GOONING IT UP

Boston went on a 15-3 run in the first quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.

That's when the Cavaliers fought back .

After a hard defensive play by Morris sent Larry Nance Jr. into the first row of seats, Morris appeared to wander over and say something. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.

Aron Baynes and Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance. After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Kyle Korver made the foul shot to make it 36-20 and Cleveland went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to eight points, 36-28.

But Morris made a long 3-pointer to stop the scoring drought, and soon hit another to cap an 8-2 run that made it a double-digit lead.

Smart said the Celtics wanted to more aggressive at home.

''At their place, they were the aggressor,'' he said. ''That showed and they came up with the victory. We just wanted to be that team tonight.''

TIP-INS

Teams that win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series win 83 percent of the time. ... James had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists at the half. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break. ... Baynes made his first start of the series, subbing for Morris. ... It took until midway through the third quarter for a Cavs starter other than James or Love to make a basket. J.R. Smith sank a floater to make it 63-50, and George Hill followed with a jumper of his own. ... The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986. ... Horford had his 7th double-double of the postseason, matching a career high he set in 2015.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
11:24 +2 Kevin Love made floating jump shot, assist by LeBron James 2-0
11:10 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 2-3
10:48   Kevin Love missed running Jump Shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:32   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:29   Team rebound  
10:21 +2 Jayson Tatum made fade-away jump shot 2-5
10:07   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
9:55   George Hill missed driving layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
9:49   Jaylen Brown missed layup  
9:48 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 2-7
9:48   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:31 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tristan Thompson 5-7
9:13   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:11   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
9:05   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:02   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:53 +2 Al Horford made hook shot, assist by Terry Rozier 5-9
8:38 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 8-9
8:20   Aron Baynes missed driving layup  
8:18   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
8:05 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 11-9
7:48   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
7:48   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
7:30   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
7:30   Team rebound  
7:30   Tristan Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:30 +1 Tristan Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-9
7:06   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
7:00   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Marcus Morris  
6:49   Personal foul on Kevin Love  
6:38   Al Horford missed hook shot  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
6:19   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
6:07   Shooting foul on Tristan Thompson  
6:07 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 12-10
6:07 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-11
5:49   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
5:46   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
5:38 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot 12-14
5:19   LeBron James missed fade-away jump shot  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
5:12 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk, assist by Jayson Tatum 12-16
4:48   J.R. Smith missed fade-away jump shot  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
4:29   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:26   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:14 +2 LeBron James made driving layup, assist by George Hill 14-16
4:14   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
4:14 +1 LeBron James made free throw 15-16
3:59   Al Horford missed hook shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
3:51   LeBron James missed floating jump shot  
3:49   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:41 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 15-19
3:19   Out of bounds turnover on LeBron James  
3:08   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
3:06   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
2:50   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
2:44   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
2:44 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 15-20
2:44 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-21
2:23   Bad pass turnover on Larry Nance Jr., stolen by Jayson Tatum  
2:19   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Larry Nance Jr.  
2:19   Team rebound  
2:15 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 15-24
1:53 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 17-24
1:42 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 17-27
1:23   Bad pass turnover on George Hill, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
1:16   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Team rebound  
0:57 +2 Kevin Love made jump shot 19-27
0:47   Shooting foul on Kevin Love  
0:47   Delay of game violation  
0:47 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 19-28
0:47 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-29
0:28   Out of bounds turnover on J.R. Smith  
0:09 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 19-32
0:04   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Team rebound  
0:00   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. turnaround jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
11:21   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
11:20 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 19-34
11:20   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:05   Kyle Korver missed jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:59   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
10:59 +1 Jaylen Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 19-35
10:59 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-36
10:47   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
10:47 +1 Kyle Korver made free throw 20-36
10:47   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
10:47   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
10:40   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:35   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
10:32 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 23-36
10:18   Personal foul on LeBron James  
10:14   Out of bounds turnover on Jaylen Brown  
9:55   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:51   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
9:51 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk 25-36
9:29   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Larry Nance Jr.  
9:29   Team rebound  
9:27   Jumpball  
9:25   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:24   Team rebound  
9:24   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
9:11 +3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 28-36
8:57 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 28-39
8:40 +3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 31-39
8:20   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Jeff Green  
8:17   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
8:00   Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:45   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Jordan Clarkson  
7:30   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:15   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:12   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
7:01   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
7:01   Team rebound  
7:01   Larry Nance Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:01   Larry Nance Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:01   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
6:39   Marcus Morris missed fade-away jump shot  
6:36   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:31   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
6:13   Shooting foul on Jordan Clarkson  
6:13 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 31-40
6:13 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-41
6:02   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
5:48   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:46   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:37   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
5:34   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
5:23   Jordan Clarkson missed driving layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
5:20   Jumpball  
5:06 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 31-44
4:47   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Terry Rozier  
4:36   Aron Baynes missed hook shot  
4:34   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:20 +2 LeBron James made fade-away jump shot 33-44
4:07 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 33-47
3:52   Personal foul on Marcus Morris  
3:38 +2 LeBron James made fade-away jump shot 35-47
3:23   Lost ball turnover on Marcus Morris, stolen by LeBron James  
3:19 +2 LeBron James made layup 37-47
3:07 +2 Marcus Smart made jump shot 37-49
2:46   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
2:30 +2 Marcus Smart made floating jump shot 37-51
2:11   George Hill missed jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:56   Aron Baynes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:53   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
1:48   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
1:48   George Hill missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:48   Team rebound  
1:48 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-51
1:31   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
1:30   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:30 +2 Al Horford made dunk 38-53
1:21   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
1:21 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 39-53
1:21 +1 George Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-53
1:01   Marcus Morris missed floating jump shot  
1:00   Team rebound  
0:57   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
0:31 +2 LeBron James made driving layup 42-53
0:16   Personal foul on George Hill  
0:04   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Tristan Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:03   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
11:33   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:30   Team rebound  
11:09 +2 LeBron James made jump shot 44-53
10:45 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot 44-55
10:21 +2 LeBron James made finger-roll layup 46-55
9:57   Lost ball turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Kevin Love  
9:55   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
9:46   George Hill missed driving layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
9:40   Lost ball turnover on Jaylen Brown, stolen by Kevin Love  
9:32   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:29   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
9:10   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
9:08   Team rebound  
9:08   Personal foul on George Hill  
8:54   Al Horford missed hook shot  
8:51   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
8:44   LeBron James missed hook shot  
8:41   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
8:38   LeBron James missed layup  
8:34   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:33   Shooting foul on J.R. Smith  
8:33 +1 Jaylen Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 46-56
8:33   Jaylen Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:30   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
8:27   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Terry Rozier  
8:23 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 46-59
8:11   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Terry Rozier  
8:09   Shooting foul on LeBron James  
8:09 +1 Jaylen Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 46-60
8:09 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-61
7:53 +2 Kevin Love made hook shot 48-61
7:40   Personal foul on J.R. Smith  
7:24 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 48-63
7:13 +2 J.R. Smith made floating jump shot 50-63
7:00   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
7:00   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
6:42 +2 George Hill made jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 52-63
6:18   Terry Rozier missed driving layup  
6:17   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:17   Al Horford missed dunk  
6:16   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:14   Aron Baynes missed layup, blocked by Kevin Love  
6:10   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
6:10   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
6:09 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 53-63
6:09   LeBron James missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:07   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
5:53   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:44   LeBron James missed floating jump shot  
5:40   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
5:35 +2 Marcus Morris made reverse layup, assist by Marcus Smart 53-65
5:24   J.R. Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:21   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:06 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 53-68
4:41   George Hill missed jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
4:26   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:14 +2 LeBron James made layup, assist by Kevin Love 55-68
4:14   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
4:14 +1 LeBron James made free throw 56-68
4:07   Personal foul on J.R. Smith  
4:07 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 56-69
4:07 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-70
3:46 +2 Kevin Love made hook shot, assist by LeBron James 58-70
3:27