Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Baynes Steps It Up for Boston

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Baynes Steps It Up for Boston

Article excerpt

BASKETBALL: Aron Baynes produced one of his finest games as the Boston Celtics slayed Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers in their NBA semi-final playoff yesterday.

Now the burly Australian centre gets to battle it out with LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers for a place in the NBA Finals series.

"Amazing" is how Celtics' veteran Al Horford described the often unsung Baynes' performance in yesterday's 114-112 thriller in Boston that clinched a 4-1 eastern conference semi-finals series win over the 76ers.

It was a frantic game five, with the lead changing multiple times in the final quarter and Baynes and fellow Australian Simmons going head-to-head in battles around the basket. A key play came with just 10 seconds to go with the Celtics up 111-109 as the 76ers gave the ball to their 213cm, 113kg All-Star centre Joel Embiid.

The only person standing in Embiid's way was 208cm, 118kg Baynes.

Embiid attempted to muscle Baynes out of the way but the Australian held his ground. …

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