Kelly Olynyk, bench help push Celtics past Wizards in Game 7

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

Monday's victor advances to face the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics now advance to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. We've got to get ready for the defending champs.

Boston Celtics fans cheer as guard Isaiah Thomas runs up court after a made basket during the fourth quarter of their Game 7 win over the Wizards. Boston went on a 30-11 run over the next eight minutes that turned the Wizards' six point lead into a 13 point deficit with 10 minutes left in the game.

The answer will come Monday night, when the series comes down to one game.

"I think they're better than any of the four times we played them, including the last one when they smashed us", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. So we're not really anxious about him or what they're doing.

Beal led the Wizards, who have not reached the conference finals since 1979, with 38 points, 18 in the final 16:06.

Yeah, Otto Porter probably had about a foot on Thomas in this matchup, but still, that's some great footwork.

A pair of three-pointers to the third quarter broke open a tied scored to give Boston an 85-79 lead.

But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six.

A further 9-2 run at the start of the fourth maintained Boston's cushion and although Beal was able to keep Washington in touch, Olynyk's inspired display proved the difference. Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown, Gerald Green, and Kelly Olynyk have all played important minutes this series, but it is hard to know who will be counted on tonight. Olynyk scored 14 of his 26 points in the final fame, including a decisive stretch that started with seven minutes remaining and buried the Wizards.

In the second quarter on Thursday, Olynyk set a hard screen that flattened Oubre after he tried to go through it. Celtics big man Al Horford said.

This is Boston's first trip to the conference finals since 2012, the past year of an era fueled by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Cavaliers, who won the season series, 3-1, will be playing on ten days rest since sweeping the Raptors in their Eastern semifinal series on May 7.

Celtics: Improved to 22-8 all-time in Game 7s and 19-4 all-time at home.Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.

His 26 points in the game, not only were a playoff-high, but it was the most points he has ever scored in a playoff game.

With an electric Game 7 atmosphere not seen in TD Garden for a Celtics game since beating the 76ers in 2012, the Celtics took advantage of the thunderous crowd. He was the Wizards' catalyst all season long.

Thomas has gotten mental advice this postseason from both Kobe Bryant and most recently Paul Pierce after the Wizards evened the series in Game 4. But Wall shot just 8 of 23 from the floor, 1 of 8 from 3-point range.

Boston's bench finished with 48 points.

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