BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 114-112 Game 5 win over Philadelphia.
Jayson Tatum: The 20-year-old Tatum was clutch in every way imaginable for the Celtics not only in Game 5 but throughout Boston’s second-round series. He would finish with 25 points on Wednesday, the seventh-straight game he has had 20 or more points scored while shooting 8-for-15 from the field.
Joel Embiid: He was dominant as ever, scoring a game-tying high of 27 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists, and four blocked shots.
Jaylen Brown: Making his first start of the series (he missed Game 1 with a right hamstring injury and came off the bench in Games 2, 3 and 4), Brown went to work from the opening tip-off before finishing with 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting.
Dario Saric: For most of the game, the Celtics had major problems defending Saric. He would share game-high scoring honors with teammate Joel Embiid, with 27 points coming on 8-for-14 shooting with 10 rebounds and four assists.
Marcus Smart: It was another one of those nights when the shots weren’t falling for Smart, but he made winning plays when mattered. He finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists along with three steals with the last sealing the victory as time expired.
Ben Simmons: After some early struggles in this series, Simmons came on the last two games to put up some decent numbers. He still can’t make a shot outside the paint, but his size and strength allow him to get close to the rim, resulting in his Game 5 stat line including 18 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Terry Rozier: Like Marcus Smart, Rozier did not have a good game shooting the ball (4-for-15), but he delivered in the clutch with big free throws and solid defense. For the game, he had 17 points and six rebounds.
Al Horford: With the scored tied at 94, Boston went to Al Horford on two consecutive possession and he scored both times, one of the more key sequences down the stretch for Boston. He would finish with 15 points on 7-for-16 shooting to go with eight rebounds and a game-high five steals.
Aron Baynes: The 3-pointer he hit in the second quarter set a strong finish to the quarter in motion. And as the game progressed, Baynes’ play was indeed an important factor in Boston getting the win. Baynes would finish with a near double-double of 13 points and nine rebounds.
Marcus Morris: This was yet another bad shooting night for Morris, who for the most part got shots in spots on the floor where he has been successful. He scored just six points, missing nine of his 10 shots from the field. There may not be another Celtic who is looking forward to another series and with it, the possibility of hitting the reset button on their play.