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Celtics Advance to Eastern Conference Finals, Twitter Goes Crazy Over Close Game

The Celtics are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals after beating the 76ers in Game 5 on Wednesday 114–112.

It was back-and-forth all game, with Terry Rozier hitting a buzzer beater to help give the Celtics a 61–52 lead at the half.

But the Sixers would not quit and were led by Joel Embiid to make it close by the final two-minute mark. The big man in the mask recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Al Horford had a monster dunk to get the Celtics within two points with under a minute left,

A turnover gave Jayson Tatum the chance to score and Boston took the lead from there.

NBA

@NBA

Jayson Tatum gets inside for the go-ahead bucket! 111 | 109

18.8 remaining in the 4th on @NBAonTNT

NBA

@NBA

Smart to Tatum in the clutch! pic.twitter.com/5cVJ1t53Tf

But Philadelphia stayed until the final seconds. With 2.4 seconds left, the Sixers inbounded the ball, but Boston intercepted to win the game.

Twitter had a lot to say about the close game and ending.

Bill Simmons

@BillSimmons

That won’t be our last Sixers-Celtics playoff series with those guys. Kudos to Embiid – was so much fun/scary to root against that guy tonight.

Bleacher Report

@BleacherReport

The Sixers’ season is a wrap.

Ralph D. Russo

@ralphDrussoAP

That length of the court pass by Simmons …

The Crossover

@TheCrossover

Scary Terry knocks it off Embiid!

Rob Phillips

@robphillips3

“Scary Terry” is the best new nickname in sports. Maybe they’ll have to come up with something cool for Vander Esch. “Vandy” doesn’t cut it for me.

Sports Illustrated

@SInow

Celtics survive and advance to take on LeBron and the Cavs https://on.si.com/2KMWNAq 

Jeff Goodman

@GoodmanESPN

Give the Sixers credit. Changed their culture … and went much further than anyone expected this season. Now need to get Fultz mentally/physically right for next season.

The Crossover

@TheCrossover

We don’t know what the hell Marcus Smart just did but the Celtics are through to the conference finals!

SportsCenter

@SportsCenter

*Sad Rocky theme plays in the background*

The Celtics will face the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.

Source: si.com

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