2. This is the 34th time that the Celtics have led a best-of-seven series 3 games to 2. Boston went on to win 32 of the previous 33 series in this situation (97.0 percent). That is the highest percentage for any franchise that has been up 3-2 in a best-of-seven series at least eight times.
3. Cleveland is a loss away from failing to reach the conference finals after winning 61 games during the regular season. Last season, the Cavaliers fell short of reaching the NBA Finals after winning 66 games during the regular season. There has been only one team in NBA history that has won 60+ games in consecutive seasons but failed to reach the NBA Finals in either of the seasons. The Milwaukee Bucks won 63 games in 1971-72 but lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals and followed that up with a 60-win season in 1972-73 season only to lose to Golden State in the Western Conference semis.
5. Doc Rivers has a 6-11 (.353) record in games in which his team has had a chance to clinch a playoff series in his career as a head coach. That is tied with Doug Moe for the third-lowest career winning percentage in potential series-clinching games, ahead of Mike Fratello (3-8, .273) and Fred Schaus (5-13, .278) (minimum: 10 games).
7. LeBron James is averaging 31.7 points per game in six games played in which his team has faced playoff elimination in his career. That is the highest career scoring average for any player who has appeared in at least five win-or-go-home games.
8. Shaquille O'Neal led the Cavaliers with 21 points in Game 5. Cleveland is the fourth different team that O'Neal has scored 20-or-more points for in a postseason game. Only two other active players have registered a 20-point game with four different teams in the postseason: Ron Artest (Pacers, Kings, Rockets and Lakers) and Stephen Jackson (Spurs, Pacers, Warriors and Bobcats).
10. The Cavaliers are only 1-8 in their franchise history in games in which they have faced playoff elimination on the road (their only win came in Chicago in the first round in 1989).
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