Wednesday’s NBA playoff takeaways: Celtics finish off Cavaliers to advance to conference finals

The Boston Celtics turned it on when necessary to secure a Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-98, advancing to their sixth Eastern Conference finals since 2017.
The Cavaliers’ season ends in the semifinals after they bowed out in the first round in 2023. Their season-ending defeat came without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, starting center Jarrett Allen and key reserve Caris Levert.
For the Celtics, a slow first-half start threatened to drag the series out, but a fourth-quarter run finally put the game away in Boston. Jayson Tatum led the team with 25 points, adding 10…

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