The two-time All-Star found success on both fronts as Boston used a late third quarter surge to pull away for a 115-105 victory that eliminated the Washington Wizards and just as important, catapulted the Celtics into the Eastern Conference finals where they will face the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Celtics advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.
In the regular season, the Cavs went 3-1 against the Celtics. He canned two 3-pointers during the final six and a half minutes of the game - two daggers that sank deep into the hearts of the visiting Wizards - the second of which was a no-doubter that he followed with three steps toward the basket as he held his swan neck high in the air. Now they come in as the significant underdog against a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has apparently flipped the switch so hard that they ripped it off the wall. "I think they're better than any of the four times they played us".
Bradley Beal got 38 points for the Wizards but their campaign comes to a disappointing end.
Two 40-point showings stood out, and his three-point shot showed life besides in his final game of the season. With more Boston reserves forced onto the court, the Wizards relied on Wall, Beal, Porter and Morris - the quartet combined for 50 of the team's 55 first-half points.
Starting center Al Horford finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists, Jae Crowder had 14 points with five rebounds and Marcus Smart ended with 13 points and six boards off the bench for the Celtics. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth as the Celtics' lead became 94-81.
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But Washington responded, scoring seven straight in 51 seconds. Then Olynyk took over.
The Celtics had the largest lead of the first half at 10-2, but that gap was quickly erased by Washington as Boston started to accumulate fouls. He scored 14 of his 26 in the fourth, including both of his threes. His buckets made Celtics fans giddy, as they celebrated a level of athleticism they rarely see out of their long-locked 7-footer.
The last time the Cavs faced the Celtics was in Boston on April 6th where James and the Cavs dismantled the home team en route to a 114-91 win. They weathered all that the Washington Wizards had to give and survived in a 115-105 victory at a deafening TD Garden.
Brad Stevens thought there was a simple explanation for what happened at TD Garden Monday night. Boston will be playing its 30th Game 7 (21-8). The play resulted in an injury to Love that forced him from the game. Olynyk was a flawless 8-for-8 on field goal attempts inside the arc in Game 7 and a ideal 6-for-6 on contested field goal attempts.
The numbers look a lot better than Wall's impact in Game 7, particularly down the stretch. Thomas hit a pair of big 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter to ignite an 18-2 Boston run.