November 19 2017

NBA Playoffs 2017: Wizards force winner-take-all

November 19 2017, 06:57 | Clarence Walton

Celtics down Wizards

Scott Brooks

"Game 7 in Boston, we wouldn't want it no other way", Thomas said.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall came into Friday night's game with 10,029 career National Basketball Association points between the regular and postseasons.

Wall was ice-cold for the first three quarters before heating up when it mattered most.

The reason they will play that game is, at the end of the day, simple to explain. It worked to take him out of his game early as he entered the fourth quarter shooting 4-for-13 with four turnovers.

Asked about his players' sartorial decision, Boston's Brad Stevens said: "I'm not on the text chain".

"I wear black all the time".

Washington forced a Game 7 on Monday after winning last night by one point.

After having a tied game with 14.1 seconds left, Al Horford banked a hard angled shot from the baseline to give the Celtics a two-point lead. "We didn't have the focus that it would have taken to win in this building". "We've been saying all year they're a tough team here and the showed it". In addition to Beal's 33, Wall scored 26 for the Wizards, who are now one win from their first Eastern finals appearance since 1979.

The last shot supposed to go to Bradley Beal who was the most efficient player among the Wizards, as he had 33 points in this one, shooting well, 15 of 26 from the field, but bad for three points 1 from 8. Meanwhile, the Wizards' 4.5-win differential in the postseason is already the largest by 2.5 games.

Wall came alive in the second half.

It featured an altercation between the Celtics' 7-foot, 240-pound Kelly Olynyk and the Wizards' 6-foot-7, 205-pound swingman Kelly Oubre Jr., precipitated by what Oubre determined was an illegal screen by Olynyk. To win the series for the Celtics tried ISEA Thomas, but his long-range attempt from the resistance was inaccurate. Both sides continued to trade the lead down the stretch, as the game remained tied going into the closing seconds before the fireworks at the end. Jaylen Brown's offensive rebounding was a difference-maker. Their best against your best with the game on the line.

Celtics: Their 42-41 halftime lead was the visitors' first since edge since 2-0 on Horford's basket.

Wizards leader finished the game with 26 points but struggling with field goal percentage as he had 9 of 25 in the game, 1 from 9 in the first half.

The Wizards certainly made Thomas work for his points. John Wall and company are 5-0 at home during the playoffs.

Said Bradley: "He just made a big play for their team".

"To have Game 7 back in Boston in the Garden".

And Boston kept right on missing in the second period, allowing Washington to open its biggest lead at 40-30. His three with 1:34 left put the Celtics up, 87-82.

Call it a bad shot, call it hero ball, but above all else, call it a game victor. Avery Bradley has done a tremendous job defending John Wall, and Al Horford has been dynamite defensively in the paint, but Isaiah Thomas has been a problem. The Celtics called a timeout with 14.1 seconds left to set up the final possession of regulation.

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