The Celtics dominated on both ends of the floor for 48 minutes, holding the Raptors to 38.8% shooting from the field in a wire-to-wire Game 5 victory. Jaylen Brown (27) and Kemba Walker (21) combined to score 48 points to lead the way for Boston.
The Boston Celtics are back in control of their second-round series with the Toronto Raptors. After losing Games 3 and 4, the Celtics bounced back in a major way on Monday night, dominating Game 5 from start to finish to take a 111-89 win, and a 3-2 series lead.
Boston led from start to finish and set the tone early by holding the Raptors to just 11 points in the first quarter. They dominated on both ends of the floor and led by as much as 30 at one point in the second half. Jaylen Brown recovered from a brutal Game 4 performance to lead the way with 27 points and six rebounds, and all five starters scored in double figures.
The Raptors got off to a miserable start in Game 5, and were never able to recover. Their 11 first-quarter points tied a franchise record for fewest points in any playoff quarter, and they couldn’t keep the Celtics in front of them on the other end. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam both struggled mightily, combining for only 20 points.