Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Boston Celtics take Game Seven against the Washington Wizards 115-105


Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas missed an off-balance 3-point heave before the buzzer, setting up a Game 7 on Monday in Boston.

For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed. Knowing that we're on the road we have to play great. But we kept going and stayed the course and that was what this team has done all season long.

The current Celtics will win because of the parquet floor beneath their sneakers and the 18,624 partisan fans filling the seats around them. They were able to recover, put their first pair of losses in the past, and win their next four consecutive games, taking the series 4-2.

Wizards: Had lost seven consecutive elimination games at home. Since his incredible 53-point outburst in Game 2, however, the point guard has failed to reach the 20-point mark three times.

Washington's starting five - Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat - were +9 in 32 minutes, with a true shooting percentage of 62.3.

That's when Olynyk went to work and ensured Boston's spot in the conference finals. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting. "It was kind of copy-catting what we did", said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game between these teams that are building a rivalry.

But on a night that both Thomas and Bradley Beal were spectacular, it was Boston's 7-foot backup center who somehow stole the show.

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The home side also produced a fantastic fielding performance, including a brilliant catch by Axar Patel to dismiss Robin Uthappa. In the sixteenth over, Maxwell hit the wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav for consecutive sixes, but was then outfoxed by the bowler.

"Kelly gave gave us that enormous lift of scoring in the fourth quarter, but really in the first half, as well", Stevens said".

The Wizards were bidding for their first trip beyond the second round since 1979.

But Bradley could do nothing defensively to stop Wall on the winning shot, coming off an inbound play that was created to get Beal the ball. "Just came up short", Wall said. Boston is hoping that this trend continues as they are at home to the Wizards tonight, but for John Wall and the rest of the Wizards, they are looking to make a statement and hope to advance to the Conference Finals.

The Celtics are playing in their first Game 7 since 2012. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me".

"That was tough", Morris said of the Wizards' 3-point shooting with a nod and a knowing grin, as if someone had brought up a beloved childhood memory.

Celtics: Improved to 22-8 all-time in Game 7s and 19-4 all-time at home.Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.

"All of these guys in college played Game 7 every time they took the court in March", Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who will coach the first Game 7 of his National Basketball Association coaching career tonight, said. All 11 meetings this season (four in regular-season and seven postseason) were claimed by the home team.

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