Tatum said there’s no reason the Celtics can’t wrap up the series Friday.
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The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 Wednesday to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals. Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead five Boston players in double figures as the Celtics took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.With James on the bench to open the fourth quarter, the Celtics pushed a 16-point lead to 21 .With 10:47 left in the second quarter and the Celtics up 17 points, Boston forward Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance tangled, with Nance sent sprawling to the floor.An energized Cleveland team then twice whittled the deficit to eight points before the Celtics reasserted themselves to lead 53-42 at halftime.
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