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20 May 2017, 04:57 | Charlene Valdez
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards dueled for the full 48 minutes, but after a second-half surge, the Celtics did enough to earn a trip back to the Eastern Conference finals, winning 115-105.
The Celtics, who are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference will be hoping for a better series in the post-season against the Cavaliers after losing the regular season series to Cleveland 3-1.
Thomas scored 29 points and dished out a playoff-career-high 12 assists, while Al Horford had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jae Crowder 14 points and five boards, and Smart 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.
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"Well, first thing, I thanked him", Brooks said of his speech to Wall after the game. We know they are a unsafe team, and they can shoot 3's. "I don't care how well I played".
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According to ESPN, Olynyk's 26 points were the most off the bench by any player in a Game 7 since Leandro Barbosa scored the same amount for the Phoenix Suns in 2006 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I don't care how well I played", Beal said. "We know it's going to be tough but, at this point, anything can happen, we really believe that". "They really gave us a great fight game after game after game after game, so I think that they have a good chance". We got the No. 1 seed and they didn't give us a chance.
The Celtics won all their home games in the series, the final two in convincing style.
"It was unbelievable", Olynyk said of coming through for the C's during Game 7, "especially to do it in front of our fans and the city of Boston".
"Kelly was the MVP tonight", Thomas said, after he himself tallied 29 points to go along with a game-high 12 assists.
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. "That's a tough team that we played seven tough games against and they can score". Maligned for their play throughout the month of March and beginning of April, the Cavaliers converted 43 of their 92 attempts, including 11 three-point attempts and 17 of their 18 free throws in the lopsided win.
"Our guys battled", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said.
The second Game 7 of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs did not disappoint. But we kept going and stayed the course and that was what this team has done all season long.
Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5. "They had that little run at the start of the fourth quarter".
Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points, respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime.
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