After a sluggish Game 4 in which the Boston Celtics couldn't buy a basket, the Celtics -- led by forward Jaylen Brown -- came out firing in Game 5 and ended up demolishing the reigning NBA champions Toronto Raptors. Brown scored a game-high 27 points and also grabbed six rebounds to help the Celtics claim a dominant 111-89 win and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.
The Celtics dropped two games in a row against the Raptors, and after Game 4, Celtics played underlined losing Game 5 needed to be avoided. "It's the playoffs," Brown said. "Got to come out ready to fight every single night.
If not, that's how you lose. So our guys came out ready to fight tonight."
Brown remains fully focused
Despite a comfortable Game 5 win, Brown says the Celtics need to remain fully focused and locked in as the Raptors have already proved they are capable of beating them twice in a row.
"It don't say nothing," Brown said of the Celtics' excellent Game 5. "We got to get ready to play [Wednesday]. The job's not finished yet. We still got a lot of work that needs to be done." Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised his team's effort as their goal of getting back onto the right track in Game 5 was accomplished.
I mean, we were really active," Stevens said. "We were really just trying to play hard, as hard as we could. They missed a couple of shots. We missed some shots in the first quarter, but we were playing with great purpose.
You could feel that from the get-go. "So you just hope that you would knock enough in to kind of get something going, and we did. But they're very tough to guard, they got a lot of people to go to, and we're gonna have to be good again."
After a Game 4 in which Celtics Kemba Walker took just nine shots, he criticized himself and underlined he had to do more in Game 5. Walker scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out seven assists to help the Celtics beat the Raptors in Game 5.
"I just really read the game," Walker said. "I was just put in position to make plays tonight, and that's what I did. I still don't really know how many shots I took, but I think I was just more in control tonight."