Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5

Larry Nance Jr. retaliates against Marcus Morris for taunt

Associated Press
May 23, 2018 - 10:32 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics players hold each other back after shoves between Celtics forward Marcus Morris andCavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor.

Morris and Nance both went up for a pass, and the Cavaliers forward wound up crashing into the first row of seats. Morris appeared to wander over and say something, prompting Nance to jump up and body check him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.

Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown came in to break it up, and Terry Rozier put a body on Nance. After a review, the referees called technicals on Rozier, Nance and Morris. Korver made the foul shot to make it 36-20 and spark a 7-0 run.