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20 May 2017, 02:12 | Charlene Valdez
Kelly Olynyk put up a playoff career high of 26 points off the bench - including 14 in an wonderful fourth-quarter display - while Isaiah Thomas was his usual electric self with 29 points as the Celtics can now get ready for Game 1 of the Eastern finals against the defending champion Cavaliers Wednesday night in Boston.
Isaiah Thomas top-scored for the Celtics with 29 points and weighed in with 12 assists while Al Horford (15), Jae Crowder (14) and Marcus Smart (13) also made double figures.
In the end, the Celtics managed to let a 5 point lead slip away in the game's final seconds as John Wall hit the biggest shot of his career, a stunning three-pointer that sealed a 92-91 victory which forced a Game 7.
The Boston Celtics finally got the job done as they won their series decider with the Washington Wizards to advance to the National Basketball Association play-off conference finals.
Game 1:Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 p.m. He contributed a huge 26 points off the bench, most of which came in the fourth quarter. "We know it's going to be tough but, at this point, anything can happen, we really believe that".
On Monday night, the Celtics stood tall on the dramatic, nerve-infested stage that is an Eastern Conference semifinal Game 7. But Boston just can't keep up with the James-led onslaught.
Heading into this series, that is going to be at the forefront of everyone's mind, and with good reason.
The Celtics will have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, thanks to a trade that keeps paying off for them almost four years after they made it. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics pushed their lead to 110-100.
The Wizards would rally to within four, 101-97, on the heels of back-to-back three-pointers by Bradley Beal, including a four-point play. "Other than that, we had a heck of a season, heck of a series".
His 26 points in the game, not only were a playoff-high, but it was the most points he has ever scored in a playoff game.
Despite the Wizards having a 46-31 edge in rebounding, they were battered in the paint as they were outscored 58-40 by the smaller team that was more physical. If the core of this team wants to advance past the second round, it must continue to mature and gain the missing consistency or grit or depth or whatever that has created this wall the Wizards haven't penetrated during three postseason appearances over the past four years.
Game 7 nerves were on display for both teams at the start of the contest.
Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points and 12 assists, while the Wizards didn't have much offensive coherency outside of Beal's shooting. Considering Beal was struggling with his 3-point shot all postseason, Game 7 offered another look at how great of a scorer the 23-year old has become. They will go nine days between games - the longest layoff of LeBron James' tenure in Cleveland. And then Olynyk took the Celtics home. "They had that little run at the start of the fourth quarter". In the playoffs, the two teams have combined to average almost 230 points per 100 possessions.
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