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12 May 2018, 12:15 | Nina Perez
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That gave the 76ers a chance to win with a desperation 3-pointer.
"We know (Game 5) is going to be a physical game", Simmons said.
The Celtics then forced a miss and a Smart put-back tied it at 109-109 with 1:00 to play.
Brad Stevens inserted Brown into the starting lineup for Marcus Smart and it immediately paid off. Smart came off the bench. Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds for Boston. That are advancing to the Eastern Conference finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so five straight times from 1984 to 1988. Game 1 against Cleveland is Sunday in Boston. Bledsoe sat courtside with Celtics ownership and wore a signed Rozier jersey that was a little snug - Bledsoe is 6-foot-5 and played at 240 - but he sported it with pride.
"I've seen the way these guys prepare", Horford said.
The 76ers went inside to Joel Embiid, who missed his initial shot and got the rebound stripped by Rozier with 10.8 seconds to play.
Ever since the Celtics rallied to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3, much has been made of the fact that no National Basketball Association team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Brown said he was treating Wednesday's game like another Game 7. "We didn't want to keep building their momentum and it was good to get a close out game here on our home floor". We got to learn from it. "Next year, that's our goal".
With 2.4 seconds left, and a one-point Celtics lead in hand, Marcus Smart missed the first of two free throws, and a palpable groan spread through the Garden. Joel Embiid also missed an opportunity to knot the score with 12.5 seconds left.
On Boston's possession, Terry Rozier would be fouled immediately and knock down both of his free throws. McConnell buried a 3 for a 14-point lead that would soon make that combination obsolete. They also each registered a double-double, Saric collecting 10 rebounds, and Embiid 12. "He's made for these moments".
The Celtics' offense is now a balanced attack with Terry Rozier (18.3 ppg for the playoffs, entering Game 5) and rookie Jayson Tatum (18.3 ppg) leading the way.
But on Wednesday, the football player was there in person, meeting Rozier before the game and sitting courtside with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.
"I'm just trying to make him as uncomfortable as possible, picking him up full court and making him work for everything", McConnell said.
The victor of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA's Coach of the Year Award will be announced next month. Embiid is 0-8 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final minute this season, according to ESPN. The live televised game coverage will be available on the TNT channel.
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