Celtics pull it out in nail-biting game 5 to defeat Sixers

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Tatum is an exceptional player who's had a exceptional first year on the job but he's an exceptional person too, well-schooled in the virtues of "family", hard work, staying grounded, humble, coachable and respectful of the game he loves by his mother Brandy, father Justin, grandparents, godfather Larry Hughes along with a host of family members and friends alike.

Whether Larkin can go or not in Game 5, the Celtics made it clear they are hoping to seize the same boost from the TD Garden crowd that the 76ers did at the Wells Fargo Center in Game 4.

"I've seen the way these guys prepare", Horford said.

"For those guys to go out and contribute at such a level and find ways to win has been very impressive". But we found a way, we pulled together. Inexperience, premature confetti, and Brad Stevens being Gandolf turned a Philadelphia victory (on paper) into a five-game gentlemen's sweep for the Celtics.

Maybe one reason Brown invited a mentalist to entertain his players on the eve of Game 5 of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series was to somehow get everything out of all of their minds. Boston's Terry Rozier made two free throws with 9.8 seconds on the clock to make it 113-109, but a JJ Redick 3-pointer with 3.8 ticks left had the 76ers back within a point. That he made the play seconds after making a free throw that he was trying to miss was perfectly Smart-ian. The Celtics went on to win 114-112, ending Philadelphia's season in the second round of the playoffs.

"I'm ready to go now", Morris said on Monday. "We can't lose anything".

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Well, you still might not like Boston or what it stands for (Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots' history of National Football League championships), even hate them but you have to love seeing a dream come true for arguably the best player to come out of St. Louis, the best to come out of the state of Missouri to date. "But we definitely have more to show".

No team in National Basketball Association history has won a series after trailing 3-0.

The future is bright in Philadelphia, and 76ers fans can take solace in knowing their 24-year-old All-Star big man is already pointing to the success he will enjoy with Simmons and the chance at redemption down the line against the Celtics. Saric converted a three-point play on the next possession to spark a 15-5 Philadelphia run to end the first half.

The Sixers are going to have to shore up their perimeter defense. The duo helped Philly finish the regular season 52-30, capturing the No. 3 seed, before the 76ers disposed of Miami, 4-1, in the first round.

Rozier said of Boston being down by four late, "It was tough, but that's been our season". "But we committed a lot of mistakes. It sucks but you got to learn from it and come back next year and do better".

Philadelphia led 47-43 at halftime.

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