Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wall's late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7


WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket, then hopped atop the scorer's table and yelled to celebrate at the conclusion of the Washington Wizards' 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night that pushed their Eastern Conference semifinal to a Game 7.

With one flick of the wrist Friday night, Wall did so, capping off brilliant performances from himself (26 points, eight assists) and co-star Bradley Beal (33 points), both ensuring this season would last for at least another game and that the Celtics didn't get to follow through with their wish to bury the Wizards by showing up wearing all-black funeral attire to Friday's game. Boston arrived in Washington for Game 6 all in black and it backfired on them as John Wall and company played with a lot of emotion as their backs were to the, well, wall.

Thomas scored five straight points to put Boston up 87-82 with 94 seconds remaining. Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics, while Horford finished with 20 points.

Moments removed from burying the game-winning three in Avery Bradley's eye, Wall was exploding to greatness in his crowning moment.

Game seven is in Boston on Monday night. Their youth and inexperience showed as the Pacers wrapped up the series in Game 6, on Washington's home floor.

"All we asked for was a Game 7". After missing his first nine shot attempts in Game 4 and opening 1 of 7 in Wednesday's road loss, the four-time All-Star missed 11 of 12 field goals Friday before hitting three in a row in the third.

Game 7 will be Monday in the TD Garden at 8 p.m. ET. They have the players that can blow up a game, and if everyone on their end comes together for a career day, you walk home miserably, but tip your cap to a team that earned a win.

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The Celtics got off to a bad start, going 4 for 17 in the first quarter and not making a field goal over the final 5½ minutes or so.

Game 1 was played the day after the funeral of Thomas' sister, Chyna, who was killed in a vehicle accident in mid-April in their home state of Washington.

"To get on the scorer's table, it was how much love I have for this city, how much love I have for my teammates, how much fight we have", said Wall.

Wall's late game-winning shot sets up a deciding game seven on Monday with the victor advancing to the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field.

"Two best words in playoffs is "Game 7"," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.

Not that it will change anything, the National Basketball Association admitted Saturday that the officials for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Celtics and Wizards let extra time run off the clock late in the tight affair. But Marcus Smart wedged himself between Beal and Gortat, throwing off the timing of the play. All they have to do is lose one game in order for their season to end. "It's going to be great for the league, great for the fans and we're all going to look forward to it". "Makes me look thin, right?" "I just wanted the city to know that we love them for all the support they give us".

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