Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Wall nails game-winning triple to force Game 7

Wall nails game-winning triple to force Game 7

So close. But still so far.

John Wall nailed a clutch three pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Washington Wizards to a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics in game six of their National Basketball Association playoff series.

Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas is embracing the challenge of his team's upcoming Game 7 against the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

What matters next is what Wall does with any newfound confidence.

After Wall's make the Celtics called a timeout to advance the ball and allow Brad Stevens to draw up a sideline out-of-bounds play.

"Second thoughts? No, I wear black all the time", Thomas said. Wearing a black shirt, he scoffed at the idea Wall and the Wizards derived some boost from knowing about the Celtics' choice of attire. I think we eliminate those runs and cut down on our turnovers, that puts us in a better position to win those games. "We're going to guard it as hard as we can".

Celtics guard Avery Bradley scored an fantastic corner bucket to push the Celtics back ahead, 89-87, but Beal responded again with a big shot of his own to lock the score back up at 89.

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Bradley Beal finished with a game-high 33 points and combined with Wall to score 23 of the Wizards' 26 points in the fourth quarter.

First Half ActionBeal's aggressiveness kept the Wizards in the game.

Foul trouble caught up with the Celtics as well in the first half as Kelly Olynyk picked up his third with 4:47 left in the half. Here's a more detailed breakdown of the play, which came after John Wall's clutch go-ahead 3-pointer.

The Celtics know they can win it if this comes down to a battle of the back courts again, but their advantage is being more dynamic and versatile than that. Especially in Game 6, we're gonna need that from him. The Celtics missed 13 of of their first 16 shots from beyond the arc before Isaiah Thomas' three with three minutes left in the second quarter. But when trailing by five with a little more than a minute remaining in the game, Washington finally corralled the dynamic 5-foot-9 scorer and the dirty work against Thomas led to one of the biggest celebrations seen on Verizon Center's floor. Jaylen Brown's offensive rebounding was a difference-maker.

The Wizards wasted a big early lead and saw themselves behind by five in the dying moments but fought back to force a Game Seven. The Celtics went on a 12-1 run, to end the second and take the lead; 42-41. The only thing he did not do with any level of proficiency was shoot the 3-pointer (1-for-8) but to be fair, no one in a Wizards uniform did (the rest of the team shot 4-for-16).

The Washington Wizards opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total is at 216, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. With 9:45 left to play, the Wizards took a one-point lead. John Wall and company are 5-0 at home during the playoffs. His three with 1:34 left put the Celtics up, 87-82. Sure Bradley wasn't quite able to close down enough on Wall but he also poured in 27 points and made some critical plays on both ends of the floor.

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