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James Harden's triple-double helps Brooklyn Nets eliminate Boston Celtics in Game 5

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Kevin Durant high-fives James Harden against the Boston Celtics

James Harden totalled 34 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets pulled away in the fourth quarter and closed out their Eastern Conference first-round series with a 123-109 victory over the Boston Celtics in New York.

The second-seeded Nets won the series four games to one and advanced to the Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2014. Brooklyn will face the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round.

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Highlights of the fifth game in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.

Harden made 10 of 17 shots and posted his fourth career postseason triple-double and 11th by a Net. The other 10 were achieved by Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.

Harden also posted the first 30-point triple-double in Nets history and joined Dallas guard Luka Doncic as the second player to get a 30-point triple-double in this year's postseason.

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James Harden dropped 34 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Kyrie Irving added 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting as the Nets shot 51.2 per cent and made 15 of 32 3-point tries. Kevin Durant started slowly and finished with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting

Jayson Tatum, who scored 90 points in the two games in Boston, led the Celtics with 32 points. Tatum shot 12 of 27 from the field as the Celtics shot 43.5 per cent and only sank 11 of 40 3-point tries.

Boston Celtics

Points Rebounds Assists
Jayson Tatum 32 9 5
Evan Fournier 18 6 1
Tristan Thompson 9 9 1
Romeo Langford 17 1 2
Marcus Smart 14 7 4

Evan Fournier added 18 points and Romeo Langford added 17 for the Celtics, who took each of their four losses in the series by double digits. Marcus Smart chipped in 14 but was 5 of 17 and missed nine of 10 3-point attempts.

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Brooklyn's final win of the series was not a dominant effort but more of a methodical showing until it put the game away in the fourth quarter.

Brooklyn Nets

Points Rebounds Assists
Joe Harris 10 3 6
Kevin Durant 24 4 2
Blake Griffin 6 4 0
Kyrie Irving 25 3 3
James Harden 34 10 10

The Nets led for the final 38:41 but never led by more than 14 through the third quarter, allowing the Celtics to remain within striking distance most of the night. Brooklyn's lead was down to 86-79 entering the fourth when Tatum hit a long 2-point jumper at the buzzer, but the Nets gradually put the game away midway through the fourth.

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Check out this one-handed jam from the Brooklyn Nets' James Harden.

After Fournier's 3-point play made it 97-89 with 7:56 left, the Nets took a 103-89 lead after Durant and Irving hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in a span of 16 seconds. Brooklyn then took its first 15-point lead when Harden's 3-pointer made it 106-91 with just under seven minutes left.

The Nets secured the win when Durant's 19-foot fadeaway pushed the lead to 110-93 at the 5:45 mark.

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