Boston Celtics 101 Philadelphia 76ers 85
(Celtics Lead Series 3-2)
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)
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.