NBA Playoffs 2018 scores, highlights, updates, bracket: Warriors and 76ers advance; Celtics go up 3-2

The NBA playoffs rolled on Tuesday night with a trio of Game 5s. 

In the first game, the Celtics got Marcus Smart back, and he made an immediate impact, helping to hold the Bucks to just 15 points in the first quarter. He finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while also making some spectacular defensive plays. Thanks to Smart, and a big 22-point, 14-rebound game from Al Horford, the Celtics escaped with a 92-87 win over the Bucks to take a 3-2 advantage in the series. 

Following that game, the Sixers held off a late charge by the Heat to win, 104-91, and take the series 4-1. This is the first series win for the Sixers since 2012. It was an ugly game at times, with neither team shooting better than 42.4 percent, and combining for 26 turnovers. But it was enough to get the job done for the Sixers, who got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Joel Embiid and a pre-game boost from Meek Mill

Finally, the Warriors took care of business, winning Game 5 to eliminate the Spurs. It looked like the Warriors were well on their way to a blowout victory, but the Spurs showed incredible heart. Down by 15 at one point in the fourth quarter, they had the deficit down to two points in the final minute. That was as close as it got, though, as the Warriors pulled away for a 99-91 win. Kevin Durant finished with 25 points, while Klay Thompson added 24. 

Below is the updated playoff bracket along with all the news, highlights and updates from a busy Tuesday. 

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Game 5: Celtics 92, Bucks 87

Marcus Smart made his first appearance since March 11, and he made an immediate impact in the first half. He blocked a lob to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and after he checked in with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, the Bucks scored just two points.  

The Celtics had a comfortable lead for much of the third quarter, which also featured a scuffle between Terry Rozier and Eric Bledsoe, as their bad blood finally boiled over

But the Bucks didn't give up, battling all the way back to cut the deficit to just three points in the final minute. The Celtics were able to hold them off however, holding on for a 91-84 win. Al Horford had a huge game, finishing with 22 points and 14 rebounds. 

Game 5: 76ers 104, Heat 91

The Sixers had some special guests on hand for Game 5. Rapper Meek Mill was in the building to ring their ceremonial bell, just hours after he was released from jail.

As for the game, it was a closely contested, but ugly first half. Both teams shot under 40 percent, and the game was tied 46-46. There were some nice plays though, such as this pass from Ben Simmons.

Following the break, the Sixers used a huge third quarter to go up by as many as 18 points. It seemed they would cruise to a win, but the Heat kept battling, and had things under single digits in the fourth quarter. Philly held them off though, winning 104-91 to take the series 4-1. Joel Embiid finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while JJ Redick had a team-high 27. 

Game 5: Warriors 99, Spurs 91

The Warriors are moving on to the second round, after holding off a furious late comeback attempt by the Spurs in Game 5. Coasting along for most of the second half, the Warriors suddenly found themselves up by just two in the final minute. It was just too little too late however for the Spurs. Kevin Durant hit a big jumper to push the Warriors' lead back to four, and they ended up winning, 99-91.

It was a bit of a low-energy game until the final few minutes, and was noticeably lacking in the way of highlights. Klay Thompson did hit a cool buzzer beater though. 

And Aldridge and Durant had some nice dunks. 

Durant finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Thompson added 24. 

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