Big man leads Celtics to big win in series decider

Big man leads Celtics to big win in series decider

He contributed a huge 26 points off the bench, most of which came in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics and Wizards played 11 times this season - four in the regular season and seven in the playoffs - and after the Celtics took Game 7, the home team won every single time.

Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, left, talks with Wizards guard John Wall after Game 7.

Crunch time is known as "I.T. I definitely did my studying", Thomas said. LeBron James and the Cavaliers came out to play from the opening tip and showed everyone who the top dog in the East was. The Wizards only got 5 points from their reserves, all from Bojan Bogdanovic in the first half.

The Wizards' best season in almost four decades came to a close on Monday night in a 115-105 loss to the Celtics in Boston.

While the Wizards are heading home, the Celtics now get to host the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night. It's the Celtics' first appearance in the conference finals since 2012. We outlasted them there.

Olynyk also played football in high school for the South Kamloops Titans.

"I hate losing, especially when we feel like we were a better team". "The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be and it wasn't a ideal game".

Bradley Beal led the Wizards, playing their first Game 7 since 1979, with 38 points - including 24 in the second half.

"I knew it would be a big-time game tonight". "I don't care how well I played. The only thing that matters is getting a win". This was only the second time all season that Olynyk had scored 20 or more points, as he matched the 26 points he put up against the Hawks in January. John Wall and Markieff Morris each finished with 18.

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Washington did respond to Boston's run with a 7-0 run to climb back into it, but they were never able to get over the hump. Washington did a better job of isolating Thomas in the post, but they didn't punish him enough and nobody besides Beal could hit a shot.

Just a few minutes later, Smart took the same walk and smiled at Olynyk - already sitting in his vehicle and waiting to go home. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics pushed their lead to 110-100. They will matchup against the top seeded Boston Celtics in what should be a competitive series. The play resulted in an injury to Love that forced him from the game. Boston carried their positive momentum into the fourth quarter, where 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.

Bradley Beal was nearly unstoppable for a second straight game, scoring a postseason career-high 38 points on 12/22 overall shooting, 5/10 from beyond the arc, and 9/10 from the free throw line.

Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Matt Harvey, spoiling the choppy return of the New York Mets' starter from a three-game suspension in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-4 win on Friday night.

"He looked exhausted", said Marcus Smart, one of Boston's relentless perimeter defenders who took his turn on Wall throughout the series.

The top-seeded Celtics host the National Basketball Association champs in Games 1 and 2 Wednesday and Friday nights. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me".

The 12 assists were a playoff career-high for Thomas as part of his third career playoff double-double and first during the playoffs this year.

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