Wizards force Game 7 after Wall 3-pointer, Thomas miss at buzzer

Wizards force Game 7 after Wall 3-pointer, Thomas miss at buzzer

Isaiah Thomas' Boston Celtics and John Wall's Washington Wizards have built something of a rivalry this season, going back and forth, trading wins on the court and barbs off it, from the "Funeral Game" in January to the lost tooth and ejection of their current playoff series.

Isaiah Thomas had one last shot for the win, but his tightly contested, off-balance 3-pointer was off the mark as time expired.

Beal scored 33 on 15 of 26 shooting, while Wall went 9 for 25 and wound up with 26 points.

After Bradley and Beal traded shots to even it at 89, the Celtics had the ball and, coming out of a timeout with 14.1 seconds remaining, Al Horford made a 16-foot bank shot for the lead.

Thomas had 27 points for his first 20-plus point performance since he scored 53 in Game 2, but he shot just 8-for-24 from the field.

With 10:58 left in the first quarter, the Celtics were down 4-0. "We have nothing to hold our heads down about, we're going to take a few days to figure out our adjustments and win Game 7".

The Wizards defeated the Celtics to force Game 7 on Friday and Markieff Morris was pretty pumped up afterward.

In a contentious series in which the backcourts largely have dictated outcomes, the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal made the difference when it mattered most. He had just three points at halftime. "After we was down 2-0, a lot of guys doubted us winning this game at home".

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In game five, however, players like Avery Bradley and Al Horford did a great job creating their own shots and creating space for other players to slash through the lane. "I mean, I had nowhere to go". "We want to play really good and control what we can control".

"We wasn't playing well at the time, and we knew it was a big game for us", Lue said. "I think Avery's heels were on the 3-point line", said Jae Crowder, exaggerating on Bradley's placement just a bit.

"Thus far, the public is all over the home team Washington to continue the dominance, both straight up and against the spread, of home teams in the series", Holt said. But coach Scott Brooks sounds confident in Wall if he has the ball at the end in a similar circumstance.

The Wizards cruised at home thanks to runs of 22 and 26 consecutive points.

After the final buzzer sounded and Game 7 was ensured, John Wall leaped on the scorer's table at the Verizon Center and exulted.

Horford hit his incredible shot before Wall outdid him for the win.

Thomas didn't make excuses after the miss. Up until that point, he'd failed to do it in the final five seconds of a game in his seventh National Basketball Association season. But instead, a winner-take-all Game 7 will decide matters in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. "Makes me look thin, right?" Oubre, in his second season from Kansas, reacted by charging at Olynyk, trucking the four-year center from Gonzaga and earning a one-game suspension served in Game 4.

It's a shot that Celtics coach Brad Stevens could live with after all.

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