Boston Celtics

Celtics take 3-2 series lead in Game 5 romp over Raptors


The Boston Celtics made sure of that early en route to a 111-89 Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.


There was no historic comeback in store, and the Celtics now stand a win away from the Eastern Conference finals.


Head coach Brad Stevens kept his starters in through most of the fourth quarter, ensuring that the Raptors didn’t approach cutting their deficit to single digits.


Toronto waved the white flag around the 3:30 mark of the fourth quarter, and both teams pulled their starters.


It speaks to the strength of the Celtics, who can look to a number of weapons to take the offensive lead, even without an injured Gordon Hayward .


The two teams meet again for Game 6 on Wednesday as the defending champion Raptors fight to keep their season alive.






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