Home Court Means The Celtics Will Win

Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

After the Wizards' 92-91 victory, Wall offered his thoughts on the Celtics' failure to back up their fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night.

CELTICS-WIZARDS: Isaiah Thomas used to imagine what it would be like to play in a Game 7 as he watched some of the NBA's biggest names cement their legacies on the league's biggest stage.

"We just came in with the mindset that we just wanted to play great", Wall said. "I work too hard to be scared of any type of pressure". Guarded by Avery Bradley, who had hounded him the entire night, Wall sized him up with a setup dribble in his left hand, rose up over the outstretched hand of Bradley and knocked down the biggest shot of his National Basketball Association career with 3.2 seconds left.

Wall's go-ahead 3-pointer lifted him to 26 points with eight assists in Game 6 after shooting just 1-for-9 with three points in the first half. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics, while Horford finished with 20 points.

Now they know him as one of the players primarily responsible for ending their team's season.

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Olynyk was the victim of a Kelly Oubre Jr. shove in Game 3 that got the Wizards guard suspended for Game 4.

Thomas scored five straight points to put Boston up 87-82 with 94sec remaining. Washington countered thanks to its dynamic backcourt.

The crowd's eruption at each of Washington's made 3-pointers in the fourth were that much louder - half relief, half expression of joy - because the odds were so stacked against the shooter.

"That was a heck of a game between two teams playing very well", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Maybe not. But neither is a Washington team that pulled out a one-point win in Fridays Game 6, becoming the first home team to stave off elimination on its home floor this postseason. In a series where the home team won every game, Thomas made sure he provided his fans with a chance to celebrate Monday by scoring 29 points and dishing out a playoff career-high 12 assists. For as much fun as it was to see Olynyk play out of his mind on Monday night, Boston is well aware that level of play from their third big man is not sustainable. Russell led the Celtics to a 10-0 record in Game 7s from 1957 to 1969.

Wall played 44, Markieff Morris played nearly 42, and Beal played close to 46. He scored 13 in the period as Washington entered the fourth trailing 69-66. Jason Smith was -10 in just over three minutes, the Celtics closed the third quarter on a run that extended to an 18-2 run into the start of the fourth and gave then a comfortable lead. A lot of guys doubted us winning this game at home. While the home team won all seven games in this best-of-seven series, it did not disappoint. The victor will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals starting Wednesday.

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