Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Winners and losers from Game 5

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cavaliers lost to the Celtics on Wednesday, 96-83, in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference Finals.But that’s just what the scoreboard said. Here are the real winners and losers from Game 5.WINNERSWinning ugly: The Celtics shot just 36.5 percent from the floor (worse than the Cavs’ 41.9 percent), but made up for it by making 13 3-pointers, 21 of 23 free throws and getting 15 second chance points..@Cavs outshooting Bos 42%-40%, but being outscored by 15 at the 3 point line…plus, 9 costly turnovers leading to 13 points..Bos up 16 late 3rd…The Celtics lead Game 5 of a conference finals by 16 and yet are shooting 38 percentThis game will never be on ESPN Classic.Larry Nance Jr.’s spark: It almost lit a fire under the Cavs.When Nance and Marcus Morris got into it in the second quarter, the Cavs were trailing 36-20. The scuffle ignited a 9-0 run, which led to a 12-3 run. But the gap closed no farther — they got within 39-31, then both teams went more than two minutes without scoring before the Celtics scored five straight.Still, it was the most exciting part of an otherwise forgettable game.Tempers flare in Boston [?] pic.twitter.com/2RC37TRczgTENSION [?] pic.twitter.com/JUnglztld9#Cavs Larry Nance Jr. in one way or another has been part of eight of the team’s 12 points since the scuffle. Offensive rebound that turned into Korver 3. Offensive rebound putback. Tap pass to Clarkson for 3. Morris hurt his team, up 17 & rolling at the time, with his nonsenseJayson Tatum: The Celtics had five players with at least 13 points, but Tatum led them all with 24.Jayson Tatum passed Magic and Wilt tonight, and now has the 4th-most points by a rookie in NBA playoff history. pic.twitter.com/ipj3vwKixaNot only was he scoring …[?] @jaytatum0 [?] pic.twitter.com/eko0jZ43wm… he was also making plays for his teammates.

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