John Wall three-pointer sees Washington Wizards take Boston Celtics the distance

John Wall three-pointer sees Washington Wizards take Boston Celtics the distance

With a chance to close out the Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Celtics arrived at the Verizon Center almost all decked out in black suits, shirts, trousers and vests. Their star guard, John Wall scored a bad 1-9 shooting in the half. "A great player hit a great shot to win it".

The hosts have won all 10 games between the Wizards and Celtics this season.

It was not how Wizards coach Scott Brooks would've drawn up a winning game plan for Game 6 at home.

To win Game 7, the Wizards would prefer it doesn't come down to such a finish on the road.

Isaiah Thomas and Bradley led the way for the Celtics with 27 points apiece, and Al Horford chipped in with 20.

As we said earlier, Monday night, Celtics vs. Wizards at TD Garden, do not miss it. However, the franchise has not played in a Game 7 since the 1979 Eastern Conference finals against the Spurs.

After quietening talk of a funeral on Friday with his game victor, Wall will hope to put the final nail in the Celtics' coffin tomorrow. Wall is now shooting 37.7 percent from behind the arc this postseason - a team best although there's still much to be desired. Considering the alternatives, Boston could live with that final attempt - except for the result. "Avery did a heck of a job on (Wall) all night but he has that confidence to take that shot". However, the Celtics finished the quarter with a three-point lead. Washington countered thanks to its dynamic backcourt. The Wizards' other starting forward, Otto Porter, was scoreless in 36 minutes.

"The last play was really for me to get to the corner and Brad [Beal] come open", Wall said postgame.

In the second half, the Wizards were carried by the Wall, Beal, and Markieff Morris.

Thomas (27.2 points per game during the second round) and Bradley (16.7 PPG) have accounted for exactly 40 percent of Boston's 657 total points this series.

Luckily for the Wizards, Beal couldn't reach the ball, and Wall did his job. The four-time All-Star missed 11 of 12 field goals Friday before hitting three in a row in the third. He scored 13 in the period. If the Wizards are able to land just one of these superstar players they could elevate to contender status overnight.

Coming through in the clutch hasn't always been Wall's strength. "The last two years we were in the playoffs, we lost Game 6 here, and we just had a lot of heart".

Wall said he found the gesture "funny" when friends told him about the move pregame.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. "Don't come to my city wearing all black, talking about 'it's a funeral.' I worked too hard for this".

"If I go 1 for 30", he shrugged, "that's the way I go out". "All we asked for is a Game 7 ... all we have is one game left before we go to the conference finals. It's Game 6 and their season was on the line, just like we're motivated for Game 7". "It's a learning experience for our group". Teams were 0-10 before Friday night.

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