The game wilted away when Jaylen Brown scooped a pass from Marcus Smart on the run, reached over OG Anunoby’s head and tilted the rim. The Celtics throttled the Raptors in a critical Game 5, 111-89, leading by as many as 30 and rarely letting up throughout an overwhelming two-way performance.
The post-game reaction included awareness from the Celtics that the margin didn’t win the series in one night and a wake-up call on the Toronto side from its leaders. Scroll below for reaction from CLNS Media’s post game coverage team and the Celtics and Raptors.
The Garden Report —
Jaylen Brown Dominates in Celtics Game 5 Win vs Raptors
The Boston Celtics took down the Toronto Raptors 111-89 in Game 5 on Monday night, commanding a 3-2 series lead. Jaylen Brown stole the show with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including a highlight-reel dunk in the first quarter that set the tone for the Celtics. Boston played with more pace, aggressiveness and energy than Toronto from beginning to end, always boasting a comfortable double-digit lead.
Will the Celtics Wrap Up the Series in Game 6?
The Boston Celtics proved their dominance over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 on Monday night, winning 111-89. The Celtics had more talent, more energy and more purpose - making it hard to imagine a scenario where the Raptors grab back momentum on Wednesday night.
Sierra Goodwill, Jimmy Toscano, Josue Pavon and Bobby Manning discuss what the Raptors have to do to push this series to a decisive Game 7.
Game 5 Post Game Show
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Press Conferences —
Brad Stevens weighed in on the Celtics’ defensive intensity, the bounce back performance from Jaylen Brown and taking a lead over Pascal Siakam and the Raptors with a potential clincher ahead in Game 6.
Kemba Walker followed his word and took 15 shots, hitting 8, in the Celtics’ blowout Game 5 win over the Raptors. After, he lauded Boston’s early defensive effort and fast start.
Tatum shot 5-for-15 in Boston’s blowout win, but said his wrist didn’t bother him. He also paid tribute to a St. Louis legend who passed away this week, Lou Brock.
Jaylen Brown glowed about a bounce back game and his monstrous slam on OG Anunoby. “I guess you can say that’s what I do.”
Nick Nurse discussed Pascal Siakam’s bubble performance, which has fallen below the par he built all season. Nurse said Siakam hasn’t seemed in rhythm throughout the re-start, after Siakam shot 5-for-9 with 10 points in a -25 performance.
Kyle Lowry vowed to be more aggressive in Game 6 after the Raptors lost a critical Game 5 in a blowout while Lowry finished 3-for-8.
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