So says the Boston Globe:
The Celtics’ 12-point second-half lead had vanished, and the desperate and relentless 76ers were charging. Just three days earlier, Boston had held a 3-0 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal, and it seemed to be on an inexorable march to the next round.
After all, NBA teams were 129-0 all-time when winning the first three games of a best-of-seven series, and there was no reason to believe this one would be any different.
Then the 76ers won Game 4 at home, and now they were leading late in Game 5. One more Boston loss, particularly at the Garden, would have been cause for concern, and the players seemed to understand that.
“We can’t go back to Philly,” they said to each other in the huddle. “We’ve got to end it now.”
This team has consistently thrived in the most tense, emotionally-charged and important moments, so it did it once more. The 76ers held a four-point lead with just 90 seconds left before the Celtics surged to a 114-112 win that finished off this series, 4-1: