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Smart Returns: Celtics Take 3-2 Series Lead Over Bucks

 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Marcus Smart, who has been out since March 12th with an injured thumb that required surgery made his playoff debut in Game 5. Smart provided a much needed spark off the bench for the Boston Celtics on their way to a 92-87 victory, putting them on the verge of closing out their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Al Horford lead the Celtics 22 points and 14 rebounds. Smart, who played wearing a protective splint on his surgically repaired thumb, came off the bench for nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Terry Rozier once again delivered for Boston with 16 points and five assists.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points, Jabari Parker chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had a series-low 16 points, but nearly triple-doubled with 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Home team advantage has played a big role as the home team has won all five games in the first-round series, and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.

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