Olynyk steals the show in Game 7, Celtics advance to East Finals

Olynyk steals the show in Game 7, Celtics advance to East Finals

The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3. "I just love this game and I'm playing hard".

The Celts began their run at the end of the third quarter and dominated most of the fourth to beat the Wizards, 115-105, in the decisive Game 7 of the second-round series at the Garden.

Today is a day to appreciate, not honor, what happened Monday night and, really, during the last few weeks. "I've worked too hard to be scared of any type of pressure".

Still, Wall hit the game-winning three in Game 6 to force Monday's contest and averaged 25.1 points per game during the series. Teams had previously been 0-10 during the 2017 playoffs. All 11 meetings this season (four in regular-season and seven postseason) were claimed by the home team. Last season, the Celtics lost in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens shouts from the sideline during the first quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston.

Meanwhile, if the Celtics take the series, it will be Boston's first time reaching the NBA Finals since 2010.

In Washington, the drought has been much longer.

The Celtics open the Eastern finals against the Cavaliers Wednesday night at TD Garden at 8:30.

The numbers look a lot better than Wall's impact in Game 7, particularly down the stretch.

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Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats.

Several Boston players showed up wearing black for Game 6, but the Celtics weren't able to end the Wizards' season.

Avery Bradley is one of two current Celtics, along with Horford (with Atlanta), to have played in a conference finals.

"Our goal is just take him out of the game and just continue to be physical with him", Beal said. "They closers. They proven closers". "So even though you have more people, sometimes less work gets done".

Pierce's advice was ringing in his ears on Sunday. The Celtics led for most of the period. Washington got just a handful of points - all from Bojan Bogdanovic. Home teams are 101-26 all time.

What a marvelous performance by Bradley Beal. Olynyk was a flawless 8-for-8 on field goal attempts inside the arc in Game 7 and a ideal 6-for-6 on contested field goal attempts. In the playoffs, the two teams have combined to average almost 230 points per 100 possessions.

Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5.

Wall and Thomas also have had their supporting casts come through.

Yeah, Otto Porter probably had about a foot on Thomas in this matchup, but still, that's some great footwork. But he was mostly contained in Games 3 through 5 as Washington sent multiple defenders at him. When the Celtics tried to pull away - when Smart was grabbing every rebound and Kelly Olynyk was putting in one bucket after another - Beal wouldn't let his team fade.

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