'FINALS HERE WE COME' - Fans react as Boston Celtics beats Cleveland Cavaliers

Basketball: Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 on Wednesday night. Boston Celtics now leads the series by 4-1

Varun Sarwate
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Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 on Wednesday night, led by Jayson Tatum's 25 points and 10 rebounds, to make the Eastern Conference finals for the third consecutive year. 

With 22 points, 15 rebounds, and six of Boston's 19 3-pointers, Al Horford helped the team win 4-1 and secure their third straight series victory. The winner of the game between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks will now be anticipated by the Celtics. In that series, New York is up 3-2.

While Cleveland Cavaliers had to play without All-Star Donovan Mitchell, center Jarrett Allen, and crucial reserve Caris LeVert. Cleveland kept close throughout the first three quarters, pulling within 88-85 early in the fourth. Boston then rallied on a 13-2 run to grab a 101-87 lead with 6:44 remaining. 

Evan Mobley recorded a playoff career-high 33 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Morris Sr. scored five three-pointers and ended with 25 points. Cleveland now faces a summer of uncertainty, with Mitchell and coach J.B. Bickerstaff's futures under the spotlight. 

Donovan Mitchell put on a solid performance  

Mitchell has been everything for the Cavs during his second postseason Cleveland Cavaliers. He made his sixth All-Star appearance during the regular season. He averaged 29.6 points in the playoffs but did not participate in the last two games. 

Cleveland began the second quarter by making four of five shots from beyond the arc to pull ahead 46-40. Marcus Morris Sr. provided good minutes off the bench for the Cavaliers, scoring 14 points in his first 12 minutes of action. 

But Boston Celtics recovered and finished with an 18-6 run to lead 58-52 at halftime. It's a familiar scene in the Eastern Conference, where the Celtics have advanced to the conference finals six times in eight years. Of course, they are still searching for their first title at that time. 

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