Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

John Wall's Late Three Forces Game 7


The game's turning point came in the third quarter when Washington pulled ahead by 70-64 and seemingly were on track to increase the lead when Jae Crowder was called for an offensive foul and immediately pounded the ball into the parquet, a clear sign of his frustration.

For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed.

With Game 7 on Monday, Wall and the Wizards will have a day or two to enjoy the moment and prepare themselves for the emotion that will be spewing out of Boston in the biggest game of the year. However, Beal's play at home compared to on the road is like night and day. I wasn't able to play against the 76ers in the second round but when we went to Game 7 against [Miami] I know that was our mindset; We weren't gonna settle.

Oubre didn't make his first appearance of the game until the start of the second quarter, with the Celtics already holding a double-digit lead they'd never relinquish. However, they should feel confident that with home court, and the best player in the series in Thomas, they will have a good chance at moving on to play Cleveland.

Lopsided results had dominated this first postseason series between Boston and Washington since 1984, with each game decided by at least 10 points. He would play 28 minutes, scoring 26 points on 10-14 shooting, collecting five rebounds and dishing out four assists. But Olynyk then took over. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics stretched their advantage to 110-100. "The last two years we were in the playoffs we lost Game 6 here and we had a lot of heart".

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. "Just came up short", Wall said. Who knows if it was on his mind as he stuck a dagger 3-pointer to force Game 7.

Heavyweights Cleveland and Golden State are a combined 17-0 after the Warriors rallied from a huge deficit to beat the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. The Wizards are going to need a big game from Wall in this one along with Bradley Beal to keep them close. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me".

They had 45 points in Game 7. Still have not reached a conference final since 1979.

Both Thomas and Wall have led their teams to victory with stellar performances throughout the series, which is tied 3-3.

It has been an ugly series and the bad blood between the two teams dates back tot he regular season. Wall had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Mimicking what the Wizards had done before a regular-season game, the Celtics wore black into the Verizon Center for Game 6, and it may have backfired and helped add fire to the home team.

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