2017 NBA Playoffs: John Wall saves the Wizards, forces game seven

Here’s what happened on day 26 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:

WAS 92 – BOS 91, series tied at 3-3

John Wall did not take kindly to the Boston Celtics treating this one as a “funeral game.”

The black-clad Celtics were sent back to the TD Garden, as there will be a game seven in this Eastern Conference semifinals series.

Wall nailed a dagger triple over Avery Bradley, and the Wizards shut down Boston on the final play of the game, making it the sixth time in this series that the home team has prevailed.

Of course, if the Wizards want to face the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ll need to make sure that trend ends when they play game seven.

The Celtics had a rough start to this one, shooting just 23.5 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Wizards couldn’t take advantage though, leading by just five, 22-17. Boston then ended the first half on a 12-1 run to take the lead at the break, 42-41.

It was a three-point Celtics lead heading into the fourth, where things went down to the wire, with eight lead changes and six deadlocks. Off an 82-all tie, 3:28 still to play, Isaiah Thomas scattered five points to push his side up to 87-82, 1:34 left. Both team exchanged turnovers, and Bradley Beal nailed a huge triple to keep the Wiz alive.

On the next Boston possession, Thomas forced a three that missed, versus Wall’s defense. Washington’s point guard zoomed down the other side of the court and drew a foul, resulting in free throws. Consecutive Boston timeouts led to Celtics baskets though, surrounding a Beal banker for a 91-89 lead, 7.9 seconds left. But that’s when Wall nailed the triple that turned out to be the game’s dagger, pushing this series to the limit.

Bradley Beal exploded for 33 points on 15-of-26 shooting. John Wall added 26 points on 25 shots, plus eight assists. Markieff Morris scored 16 and hauled in 11 rebounds, compensating for a 0-of-5 night by Otto Porter Jr., and foul trouble to Marcin Gortat.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points, with Thomas also dishing out seven assists. Al Horford was good for 20 points, while Jae Crowder managed 10 markers, seven boards, and eight dimes.

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