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Celtics oust Wizards in Game 7, advance to Eastern Conference finals

Celtics oust Wizards in Game 7, advance to Eastern Conference finals

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 29 points and added 12 assists, and Celtics backup center Kelly Olynyk scored a playoff career-high 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting as Boston eliminated the Washington Wizards with a 115-105 victory Monday in Game 7.

Star point guard Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points and reserve forward Kelly Olynyk (yes, really) poured in a surprising 26.

His play backed up his confidence and, with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career. Cleveland had eight days of rest in between the end of the first round and the start of the second round, and they'll play for the first time in 10 days when the conference finals start Wednesday night.

The beginning of the end of the Wizards' season came with 1:46 to play in the third and Washington leading, 79-76.

The Cavaliers became the first team in the 2017 NBA Playoffs to clinch a spot in the conference finals when they closed out a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 109-102 win in Game 4 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, May 7.

The Boston Celtics' season will continue. The team got several great performances from their starters. Lost season series to Cleveland 3-1.

Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5.




And just because there wasn't enough controversy heading into Game 7, it came out that the Celtics were robbed of 1.8 seconds during their final, futile possession of Game 6. Teammate Bradley Beal was much more efficient with 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting.

Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest victor of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years.

In Game 7, Thomas didn't save his best for last - the fourth quarter.

Monday's win won't go down in Celtics history like the Pierce-James duel, but it joins a long line of success that Boston has enjoyed in Game 7s. Our goal was to get to the Eastern Conference finals, and we were one game short. 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. "The regular season for them is just kind of like, let's get through it".

"I'm hurting", he said. After all, this was a series that followed its own internal logic, something we desperately needed while the rest of the National Basketball Association playoff picture was falling into place in the most predictable manner possible.

Olynyk isn't going to score 14 in the fourth quarter again - perhaps in his career.

Wall is often an afterthought in top point guard discussion behind Steph Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and so on, and even though he might not be on that level yet, he isn't overwhelmingly behind.


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