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. And Thomas' heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim.
With LeBron James all but certain to put an abrupt end to the season of whichever team reaches the conference finals, Thomas and the Celtics have one more big moment left in them.
While Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs prepare their tactics for the start of the Western Conference finals, Cleveland Cavaliers are still waiting for their opponent because Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are still battling for that one last spot in the conference finals.
The first quarter started out a bit slow for each of the teams. This time they looked to Isaiah Thomas.
Washington guard Brad Beal ensured a Game 7 with a playoff career-high 33 points, his fourth game in the postseason with at least 30 points.
Wall's heroics came after Al Horford's jumper with 7.7 seconds left put the top-seeded Celtics ahead 91-89. I think that's big. A lot of guys doubted us winning this game at home. "We're going to guard it as hard as we can".More news: Senate Panel Told Flynn 'Could be Blackmailed by the Russians'
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Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points. Wizards star John Wall, woke up in the second half, scoring 23 of his 26 points, including the game-winner, with 3 seconds remaining.
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. But that wasn't the only officiating error that happened in the final two minutes. Kelly Oubre Jr. delivered Washington's foul to give nearly immediately on the inbounds pass, which started with 3.5 seconds left. His shot wasn't falling from three-point range but continued to attack the hole and pull up for mid-range jumpers.
In what has been an enthralling series so far, The Celtics take a 3-2 lead into the best of seven fixture at the Verizon Center in Washington. Heading home will make it easier for the Celtics to shake their brutal finish in Game 6. He may not out-rebound that person, but he keeps their offensive impact to a minimum.
This series deserved to go seven games. However, despite the Celtics' poor shooting, the Washington Wizards were unable to take a commanding advantage and only built a five-point separation with a 22-17 lead.
Their fortitude down the stretch also allowed the Wizards to overcome missing 14 consecutive shots in the second half Friday.
The Celtics did a solid job of playing with the lead for the remainder of the quarter, maintain a 3-5 point lead most of the way and taking a 69-66 lead into the final quarter. Wall then hit his go-ahead three that gave the Wizards the win. After being fouled, Bradley brought the Celtics within five points. Beal came back with his third driving layup to tie the game. Boston were up 87-82, but could not hold on. However, Wall and Beal carried them late with clutch baskets. He hit a 3 launched from Virginia with 3.9 seconds left. The Wizards turned to Beal on their next opportunity, who would bank in a shot near the cylinder with 28.7 seconds left.