The Boston Celtics, demonstrating their prowess as the NBA regular season’s top team, secured a spot in their third consecutive Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 on Wednesday, concluding the series in five games, told ESPN. Their next challenge lies ahead as they will encounter either the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers, aiming for a coveted NBA Finals berth.

Despite facing a significantly weakened Cavaliers squad missing key players like All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, All-Star center Jarrett Allen, and veteran Caris LeVert in Game 5, the Celtics’ victory underscored their resilience and strategic depth. “The Cavaliers entered Wednesday in a dire situation,” and this advantage was not lost on the Celtics, who have previously navigated through injuries to their opponents including the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler.

With Kristaps Porzingis sidelined due to a calf strain, the Celtics themselves were not at full strength. However, they have consistently adapted to such challenges throughout the playoffs. “The Celtics can’t be faulted for defeating teams with injuries,” as it reflects the unpredictable nature of postseason play.

The Celtics clinched their victory with a decisive 13-2 run early in the fourth quarter, spearheaded by Jayson Tatum’s near triple-double performance of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Al Horford notably stepped up, delivering a commanding presence with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, joining NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James in achieving such impressive stats in a playoff game past the age of 37, reported by AP News.

On the Cavaliers’ side, young star Evan Mobley took charge in Mitchell’s absence, scoring 31 points with seven rebounds and four assists. Marcus Morris also made a significant impact, contributing 25 points off the bench, showcasing the depth and potential within the Cavaliers’ lineup despite the series loss.



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