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Celtics vs. Cavaliers score: Boston, Jayson Tatum eliminate Cleveland, head back to Eastern Conference finals

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The Boston Celtics are heading back to the Eastern Conference finals in the 2024 NBA playoffs. The Celtics eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 113-98 win in Game 5 of their second-round series on Wednesday night. It’s the third consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearance for the Celtics and their sixth in eight seasons. They pulled away from an undermanned Cavaliers team in Game 5 to clinch the series victory, and Boston got 25 points from Jayson Tatum.

The Cavs were without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell (calf injury) for the second game in a row, and they were also without Caris LeVert (knee) — who started the Game 4 loss in Mitchell’s place. The Cavs hung tough, leading in the first half and staying within striking distance until midway in the fourth quarter when Boston pulled away. Evan Mobley had 33 points for Cleveland, and the team also got a surprising 25 points off the bench from veteran Marcus Morris, who did not even play in Game 4.

The Celtics shot 52.5% from the floor and knocked in 19 3-pointers. While Jaylen Brown (11 points) had a quiet game, the Celtics had six different players score in double figures, including 22 from Al Horford.

Like Game 4 without Mitchell, the Celtics were not as dominant as expected, but the win improved them to 8-2 this postseason. The East’s No. 1 seed now awaits the winner of the Knicks vs. Pacers series in the conference finals.

CBS Sports will have more on this game soon.

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