Bradley Beal flops after screen from Celtics

"The ball went our way in the end and we get to force a Game 7 in their place". After a last second heave from Isaiah Thomas clanked off the rim, the Wizards could finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate their victory.

The Celtics' bench outscored the Wizards' bench 48-5 in the game.

"Kelly was the MVP tonight", Thomas said. "I've worked too hard to be scared of any type of pressure". Teams had been 0-10 during the 2017 playoffs.

The Wizards will now be trying to be first team in this matchup to win on the opponents home floor in 2016-17.

Including the regular season, the teams are 10-0 at home in games against each other.

The Celtics-Wizards victor will open the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday at Cleveland against the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers. Had the Celtics lost a few during their slog through the long winter, or if Cleveland had not conceded the best record in the East on the final game of the regular season, the Celts might be playing this one on the road. Boston also connected on 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 13 in the second half.

Al Horford can beat the Wizards to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics are hosting the Washington Wizards tonight in NBA Playoff action. Considering Beal was struggling with his 3-point shot all postseason, Game 7 offered another look at how great of a scorer the 23-year old has become.

“Now, those guys are not babies anymore, ” Mahinmi said. "They closers. They proven closers".

Thomas found Olynyk wide open under the basket for an easy score to make it 31-25 and Brooks called another timeout.

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Pierces advice was ringing in his ears on Sunday.

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- Bench production played a pivotal role in Game 7.

In fact, nearly every home team has performed woefully in elimination games this postseason.

Wall played 44, Markieff Morris played nearly 42, and Beal played close to 46. The Wizards were 7-0 in the playoffs when allowing under 110 points, but they fell to 0-6 when giving up more than 110. Porter's short floater from the lane gave him 12 points in the half, a big improvement from his scoreless performance in game 6.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturdays practice with the flu. Both teams will have two days of rest and to prepare for Game 7, the most deciding game of the series.

PRESSURE IS ON: Thomas and Wall.

Hours after Boston Celtics players wore all black to Game 6 in Washington, an abortive attempt at a funeral for the Wizards' season, Avery Bradley has doubled down on gamesmanship ahead of Game 7.

Washington prevailed despite shooting 5 of 24 on 3-pointers. Everything for the Celtics starts with Thomas, and he needs to be ready.

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