The Celtics used a strong second half to pull away from the 76ers and win Game 5, 101-85. The win gives Boston a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
The Celtics trailed by three points at halftime, but outscored Philadelphia 54-35 in the second half. Brandon Bass led the way for the Celtics with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and pulled down six rebounds. Rajon Rondo, who racked up 59 assists during the first four games of the series, had 14 assists in Game 5.
Elton Brand had his best scoring game of the series, finishing with 19 points to lead the 76ers. Evan Turner recorded his second double-double of the series, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. After making 23-of-42 shots in the first half, Philadelphia struggled in the second half, making just 13-of-35 shots.
The series shifts back to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Wednesday.
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