Hustle is the key to Wizards playing better at home

He said he's found maturity to step back and not force plays that he might not have had earlier in his career.

All the attempts of the guests to get at least close to 10 points were safely neutralized by the efforts of the starting five of "Boston". By hitting so many shots, the C's forced the Wizards to take the ball out from under the basket instead of pushing it up the court on a miss, where John Wall and co. are very unsafe. The Atlanta Hawks only lost by four points in their third visit to the Verizon Center, 103-99 in the first round.

Al Horford has been everything the Celtics wanted when they signed him to the ginormous contract over the offseason.

As the game wore on and Boston extended its lead, the fans at the Garden resumed chanting at Oubre.

During the first quarter when the Celtics created the lead they wouldn't relinquish, they had 15 fast break points in the first quarter.

Boston did a good job of sharing the ball, getting assists on 12 of 13 baskets in the opening 12 minutes.

And that's what has made the Celtics such a successful team, one that finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and with it, home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.

"I really don't think we relaxed", Wizards guard John Wall told reporters. Bradley was high scorer for the game with 29 points.

After Game 5's explosion by Boston's supporting cast, do you see the Wizards changing their strategy again and allowing Isaiah Thomas to get his and shutting down everybody else?

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Thomas and Jae Crowder both scored 18, Thomas with nine assists and Crowder with eight rebounds. So, if you're a gambling man, bet on the location of the arena and not the teams inside of it from here on out and you'll cash a lot of tickets.

Game 5 was never in doubt.

Either the Celtics or Wizards will advance to face the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with that victor advancing to next month's NBA Finals. While both teams strut at home but stagger on the road, the postseason has favored the road warriors.

Here are five things to watch out for when the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards meet at 8 p.m. tonight at Verizon Center.

After Wednesday's victory, Avery Bradley said the team was lacking Hoford's veteran leadership during the previous two postseason runs. "He came out and got hot early on".

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he warned Kelly Oubre to wear earplugs for Game 5 after he served a one-game suspension for charging over Boston's Kelly Olynyk. Executing, stay poised. We know they might go on runs but we just gotta stick together because, at the end of the day, we're all we got.

Shooting guard Bradley Beal turned to a phrase favored by courtside visitor Bill Belichick. The Celtics bigs outplayed the Wizards bigs and though Marcin Gortat still grabbed 11 boards, he was ineffective for much of the game.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Brown has held Washington players to just 28.6 percent shooting this series when defending them directly.

Entering Game 3, Washington lead the first round 2-0, but Atlanta responded with two wins in Game 3, and 4, to cut the Wizards lead, and even out the series 2-2.

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