Before Game 5, 76ers coach Doug Collins said Elton Brand's neck and shoulder were still bothering him, and that he planned on going to Lavoy Allen early in Game 5.

"His neck looked stiff," Collins said about Brand. "I'm going to keep an eye on him."

You couldn't tell after watching Brand have by far his best game in the series. He scored 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. This after he scored just 17 points in the first four games combined.

Brand played 30 minutes, surpassing his previous high in minutes played this series by 12. That was a total Brand matched in the first half, when he had 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting.