Isaiah Thomas missed a go-ahead three-point shot as time expired in the Celtics' 92-91 loss to the Wizards on Friday, but it was a missed call moments earlier that may have cost Boston a fair shot at a Game 6 victory.
And while Wall has hit his share of big shots during his time with the Wizards, the play call at the end of the game wasn't for Wall to take a deep 3-pointer.
The leader of the hosts John wall had a awful first half of the game, but thanks to the Bradley bill, "Washington" did not allow "Boston" to break away. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, and would have the been the hero of the game if not for Wall.
Boston led by five points with 1:34 left in the game after guard Isaiah Thomas nailed a 25-foot three-point shot.
Thomas and Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics; Horford finished 20 points. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field. Boston had a chance to knock Washington out of the playoffs, so when Celtics players arrived at the Verizon Center for the game, they were dressed in all black.
"The last play was really for me to get to the corner and Brad [Beal] come open", Wall said.
Beal finished with a game-high 33 points and forward Markieff Morris added a double-double of 16 points with 11 rebounds. After losing the first two games at home to the Bulls, the whole Celtics team woke up and realized their mistakes. They kept fighting, but we played a hell of a game as well, too.
"He's such a great guy getting to the rim and getting downhill on guys", Boston's Jae Crowder said.
"It was kind of something that just happened", guard Avery Bradley said. This was the first win by a home team facing elimination on its court in these National Basketball Association playoffs. "Terry [Rozier] looked at me and said, 'He's got on black.' We looked around the locker room, and everybody had on black".
The problem for the Celtics in Game 6 is that they were unable to make the shots they have made all season long.
Based on how these teams have battled all season, Game 7 seemed inevitable. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Semifinals games. The Wizards and Celtics created bad blood in the regular season, and six games have not been enough to settle it for good.
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