Toronto Raptors fell behind again, as they fail to beat Boston Celtics, who now take a 3-2 series lead against the defending champions. Raptors lost 111-89 in Game five.
Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and the Celtics never trailed, rolling past the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night.
Boston now leads the series 3-2 and can earn a trip to the East finals on Wednesday.
Kemba Walker scored 21 points for the Celtics, whose starters outscored Toronto’s starters by a whopping 93-45. Jayson Tatum scored 18p, Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker each had 15p and Marcus Smart added 12 for Boston.
Fred VanVleet scored 18p for Toronto, which trailed by as many as 30. Norman Powell scored 16 for the Raptors, while Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry managed 10 points apiece. Matt Thomas also had 10 for Toronto.
LA Clippers go front again, after beating Denver Nuggets 113-107, in the Game 3 of the Western Conference. The Clippers now leads, 2-1 in the series. In the playoffs so far, the second-seeded Clippers often have been more mercurial than masterful, and both sides were on display yet again.
On the multiple out-of-bounds plays in which their defense was stunningly beat back for Denver baskets, they looked disengaged.
Yet amid the runs that pulled them within two at halftime, and toward victory in the fourth quarter, they appeared dominant.