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

Boston Celtics Look to Buck Trend Compete in D.C. against Washington Wizards

Boston Celtics Look to Buck Trend Compete in D.C. against Washington Wizards

The Celtics didn't do the same on Friday night, and will now have to deal with the Wizards again in a deciding Game 7 in Boston on Monday.

Wall's turnovers have come down considerably over the past two games after he committed seven in Game 4, a 121-102 win for the Wizards at Verizon Center.

Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards on Friday night was not point guard John Wall's finest game. The backcourt mates combined for 23 of Washington's 26 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter. Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points each. And Thomas' heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim. They had erased a five-point deficit, and they tied the game at 26-26 on a Bradley 3-pointer and at 28-28 on a Horford bucket.

Some Celtics said it was purely coincidence that they showed up wearing black, the way the Wizards did for what became known as the "Funeral Game", won by Washington in January.

"We put ourselves in position to win the game", said Al Horford, whose 16-foot baseline bank shot with 7.7 seconds left gave Boston its last lead at 91-89.

But Wall hit a clutch 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left, and it was the game-winner after Thomas' final shot didn't drop. Heading into the final 12 minutes of the game, Boston's lead got boosted back up to 17.

Wednesday night, the Celtics took full advantage of the distribution from Isaiah Thomas, hitting wide-open threes and midrange shots. Boston's shooting percentage improved a bit to 35 percent, while Washington remained at nearly the same mark at 43.6 percent.

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Part of what worked for Boston involved beating Washington at its own up-tempo game with 15 fastbreak points in the first quarter.

Surprisingly, given that this was a potential playoff elimination game and an 8 p.m. tipoff on a Friday, there were plenty of empty seats around the arena at the outset. They missed 14 straight attempts and went without a field goal for a seven minute span from the second quarter to the third as the Celtics went on an 18-3 run to take a 48-43 lead. Oubre, who was suspended for Game 4 after knocking Olynyk to the floor in Game 3, this time made appropriate contact. Bradley and Thomas both made 3-pointers during that stretch, and they each scored 27 points for the game.

Celtics at Wizards, Celtics lead series 3-2. When the Wizards clogged things up for Thomas in Game 5, he responded by creating open looks for his teammates. Last reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1979. They're 6-0 here during the playoffs, but to advance to the conference finals they'll have to win at TD Garden. F Otto Porter Jr. had zero points.

The host has won all 10 games between the Wizards and Celtics this season - four in the regular season and six in the playoffs. Both coaches joked about the topic pregame.

"When I think of that game I don't think about John Wall's 3 going in", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Washington's Scott Brooks said with a smile: "I don't care what they wear".

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