Celtics 96 Cavaliers 89 – The home team held serve again, but it was far from easy for the Boston Celtics. Down 14 in the first half, it looked like we might have been in for a repeat of the Cavs-Pistons series from last years playoffs. Leave it to Rajon Rondo (20 pts 13 asst), KG (26 pts 16 reb) and Paul Pierce (29 pts) to keep that from happening. Rondo, not know for his 3-point prowess nailed two open shots right before the half to cut into the deficit. When the teams returned from the locker room for the second half the Celtics remained hot shooting 66% in the third while holding Cleveland close to 40%. Doing that transformed the 3 point deficit to a 9 point lead at the end of the quarter. Smartly, Doc Rivers played Rondo the whole second half and kept the struggling Sam Cassell on the pine. Lebron had 35 for the losers, but only 12 after the first 20 minutes. It’s do or die game 6 for Cleveland Friday night. If the Celtics continue to play like they do on the road, we will see a game 7 on Sunday.
Lakers 111 Jazz 104 – With Kobe Bryant not 100%, Lamar Odom (22 pts 11 reb) and Pau Gasol (21pts 8reb 6 asst) picked up the slack. LA bent but never broke. The Lakers led the entire game, but had to fend off the feisty Jazz numerous times in the second half including a Deron WIlliams 3-pointer with 2:18 left to play cutting the lead to 1. After exchanging buckets, Odom scored the next 4 points to put the game away. Los Angeles can advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win in game 6.