May 21, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in game five of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Monday May 21st Recap

Boston Celtics  101  Philadelphia  76ers  85  

(Celtics Lead Series 3-2)

May 21, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) dunks the ball in the third quarter of game five against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Bass wanted to step up and earn his place among the big stars of the Celtics last night as he got 27 points and 6 rebounds.  He scored 18 of those 27 points in the third quarter to help the Celtics pull away from the Sixers in this one.  That third quarter was the difference in this game as the Celtics put together a 10-2 run that lead to the scoring differential of 28-16 for the third.  Boston put up 26 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal.  Bass lead the way in scoring for the Celtics, but Kevin Garnett added 20 points.  Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 14 assists as well.  Now the Celtics have to put away the Sixers come game six, and they’re on their way to the Conference Finals.

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder  106  Los Angeles Lakers  90  

(Thunder Win Series 4-1)

May 21, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) takes a shot while being guarded by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) during the second half in game five of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Speaking of Conference Finals, the Thunder are heading there for the second straight year.  Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant lead the way here for the Thunder with 28 points and 25 points, respectively.  Kobe Bryant had a historic night of sorts as he scored 42 points without an assist.  That’s the third highest scoring total without an assist.  The Thunder put the game away when they needed to, which was the fourth quarter.  They outscored the Lakers 23-13 in that final quarter.  Now they get to face the Spurs in what should be a fantastic Western Conference Finals, and one that some may be calling the “NBA Finals” in a way.