BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Boston Celtics’ 108-97 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls.
An elite defender, Bradley delivered his best two-way performance of the series. He finished with a playoff career-high 24 points with six rebounds and an assist.
Chicago needed a strong game from their veteran players, and Wade delivered in a big way. He led the Bulls with a near triple-double performance of 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists along with a blocked shot.
His ability to score around the rim was a major factor in Boston outscoring the Bulls 56-42 in the paint. Olynyk finished with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and a steal.
Boston made a point of feeding him down the stretch and Horford delivered, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the fourth. He would finish with a near triple-double of 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
He was one of the main reasons why the Bulls were able to hang around for most of the night, finishing with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting to go with six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
This was Thomas’ worst shooting game of the series, but he still managed to impact the game. Big free throws down the stretch, solid defense against Jimmy Butler and a late-game defensive rebound in traffic. Even with the off night, Thomas still had 24 points on 6-for-17 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
He did a nice job at the end of the third quarter, but Crowder’s inability to hit open shots was a huge, huge factor in the game being so close. He had eight points on 2-for-11 shooting but did grab eight rebounds and had two blocked shots.
While his presence certainly allowed the floor to continue being spaced for Boston, he really struggled and wound up logging just 12 minutes, 21 seconds of court time. He missed two of his three shots from the field, with a plus/minus of -12 – the only starter with a negative plus/minus for the Celtics.