Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics

Washington Wizards vs Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics centre Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had a career night with 26 points during Boston's Game 7 victory against the Washington Wizards on Monday.

The Celtics had to advance to the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers to truly call this season a success.

Big man Olynyk scored 26 points, while Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, as the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Wizards 115-105 in the Eastern Conference semis. After saving the Wizards' season in Game 6 with his heroic 3-pointer, Wall couldn't buy a bucket in the second half, going 0-for-11 over the final 19 minutes.

John Wall got off to a great start and finished with 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, but he ran out of gas down the stretch. But Washington also had 15 turnovers, leading to 17 Celtics' points.

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

The 3-pointer wasn't working for either team early on. Smart touched everything, snatching rebounds, daring to take and make shots, never a hint of fear to him. The Celtics have the best odds at the No. 1 overall pick in Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery, part of a bountiful return from when they traded Pierce and Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in '13.

This combined with Avery Bradley averaging 28 points a game should ring warning bells for Wizards fans far and wide. The Celtics will try thick, wide-bodied Jae Crowder, and the Cavs will run James through pick-and-rolls when they do. Boston carried their positive momentum into the fourth quarter, where Olynyk took over.

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The Wizards got a career night out of Bradley Beal.

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.

Aside from fouls, the Celtics especially were troubled in the rebounding department, as the Wizards outrebound the C's 23-14 through two quarters.

The Cs edged Cleveland for first place in the East during the regular season, and have homecourt in this series.

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass. Ian Mahinmi said he has "good and bad days" on the left calf that kept him out the first two games of the series, but said he is good to go for Game 7. Bradley Beal's three with 2:20 left in the first half tied the game, 48-48.

PRESSURE IS ON: Thomas and Wall.

Even if the Cavs come out slow or rusty in Game 1, they should still be the favorites. Much the same is true for Wall, who said he would think of this season as a disappointment if they forced Game 7 only to come up short.

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