Cleveland Cavaliers facing elimination following 96-83 loss in game five

by Scott Piker
by Scott Piker

For the second time in the 2018 NBA playoffs, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing elimination.

The Boston Celtics continue the trend in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals by winning game five at home 96-83. Boston takes a three games to two series lead.

Cleveland struggled on both ends of the floor. Defensively, allowing 32 points in the first quarter all but sealed the Cavaliers fate. The Cavaliers finished shooting 42 percent for the game. Three point and free throw shooting really cost them though. Cleveland finished at 27 percent from three point range and 63 percent from the foul line. The Cavaliers also committed 15 turnovers.

In games three and four, James received plenty of help from the supporting cast. Game five was a different story. Only James and Kevin Love scored in double figures. LeBron finished with a game high 26 points. Love finished with 14 points.

The Celtics defense made adjustments from games three and four and it paid off. Boston is now 10-0 at home in the playoffs despite just shooting 36 percent from the field for the game. Jayson Tatum lead Boston with 24 points. Al Horford recorded a double double, 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Game six is at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday night. The Cavaliers have won seven straight playoff games at home after losing game one of the Indiana Pacers series. Boston is just 1-6 on the road in these playoffs.

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