Celtics put the Sixers away in the second half: The Sixers showed some fight in their final game of the season in the first half, but much like every matchup in this series, weren’t able to sustain it for 48 minutes. Kemba Walker had a game-high 32 points for the Celtics while Jayson Tatum added 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with a team-high 4 assists. Joel Embiid finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers but much of his damage came in the first half, as he struggled with his shot (0-of-4 from 3-point range) and effort on the defensive end, allowing Boston to outscore the Sixers by double digits (30-19) in the third quarter and that was enough of a cushion for the victory. The win gives Boston a 4-0 series sweep, the second straight first-round sweep for Brad Stevens in Boston. It is also Kemba Walker’s first playoff series win in his career and the seventh series sweep in franchise history for Boston.
Celtics stars rise to the occasion: Strictly, from a performance standpoint, the Celtics probably had