Celtics outlast Wizards in Game 7, move on to face Cavs

Hazel Gray
May 20, 2017

In a series filled with dramatic swings in momentum and emotion, the Celtics outlasted the Wizards, 115-105, Monday night in a tense Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at TD Garden. The Celtics missed a load of shots early, the Wizards starters grew stronger, and the third quarter teetered back and forth; it nearly tumbled away from the Celtics, then they yanked it back to sprint past Washington.

Washington continued to hang around, cutting the deficit to four points following a four-point play by Beal with 6:09 left in the game. As a unit, Washington's bench scored five combined points-all of which were courtesy of Bojan Bogdanovic.

Boston's reward for Monday's win will be a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who haven't played a game since beating the Toronto Raptors May 7.

While the Wizards are heading home, the Celtics now get to host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night. It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012. They missed several opportunities to build a sizable lead early in the second quarter, then fell behind when the Wizards stars settled into the game.

"I think they're better than any of the four times we played them, including the last one when they smashed us", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

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The Celtics had the largest lead of the first half at 10-2, but that gap was quickly erased by Washington as Boston started to rack up fouls.

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.

In the regular season, the Cavs went 3-1 against the Celtics. Game one of that series tips off on Thursday at 10.30am (AEST).

Who: Washington Wizards vs. They offered support as he played in the first round despite his sister's death in a auto accident, and they powered through when Washington evened the second-round series at 2 by effectively containing Thomas' usual scoring punch. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31. Home teams are 101-26 all time. The Wizards are 6-2 in the playoffs when they combine for 50 or more points. In Game 4 of that series, Boston's Kelly Olynyk yanked Kevin Love's shoulder out of place fighting for a rebound, which forced Love into season-ending surgery. Bradley Beal's three with 2:20 left in the first half tied the game, 48-48.

Thomas is averaging 25.4 points per game in the postseason, and his teammates have picked him up when he's needed it, too. Thomas had to visit the dentist after injuring at least three teeth in Game 1 against Washington, and the Celtics are only advancing after their defenders contained John Wall in Game 7.

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