THE Celtics started strong and cruised to a 123-101 victory over the Washington Wizards in Game Five of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday in Boston (Thursday, Manila time).
Avery Bradley sparked an early 16-0 run and the Celtics took a 33-21 lead.
It was a huge victory for the Celtics, getting back on track after a 19-point loss in Game Four.
Bradley scored 13 in the first period and 12 in the second en route to posting a new playoff career high of 29 points.
The East top seeds Celtics can end the series in Game Six on Friday in Washington.
Al Horford had 19 points, while Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder scored 18 each for Boston.
John Wall had 21 points on 7 of 17 shooting, while Bradley Beal came up with 16 points.
Otto Porter went 6 for 11 and wound up with 13 points, which was matched by Kelly Oubre, who made 5 of 10 field goal attempts.