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CELTICS 96 CAVALIERS 83

The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals last night beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83.

Rookie Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics with 24 points on 7-15 shooting.  Tatum also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Throw in 4 steals and Tatum had an amazing game at both ends of the floor.

It was Tatum’s ninth 20-point game of the post-season.

“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games.  That’s when I have the most fun,” said Tatum.

Game 6 is in Cleveland Friday night.  If the Cavs manage to win, Game 7 will be back in Boston on Sunday.

“We’re looking forward to having an opportunity to force a game 7,” said LeBron James.

James finished the night with 26 points and 10 rebounds but he turned the ball over 6 times.

The Cavaliers turned it over 15 times here the Celtics had just 8 turnovers.

Cleveland was 9-34 from distance.  Celtics made 13 3-pointers.