Ultimately, Isaiah Thomas would miss a desperation heave - sending this hard-fought series back to Boston for Game 7 on Monday.
Late in the fourth quarter, after his 3-pointer put the Boston Celtics out front by double digits, the TD Garden faithful celebrated Kelly Olynyk's improbable Game 7 performance by chanting his name. Boston hosts Game 7 on Monday night.
"We don't win Game 7", Wall said, "we feel like it was a failure". And while there looks to be some added pressure on the Celtics as the No. 1 seed to get the win here, Thomas said he's not concerned with any of that. DeMar DeRozan knows what I'm talking about. Since then Boston is 11-8 in the deciding game.
"We needed it", Olynyk said. "I'm glad we got an opportunity to play for one more game".
While Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs prepare their tactics for the start of the Western Conference finals, Cleveland Cavaliers are still waiting for their opponent because Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are still battling for that one last spot in the conference finals.
Thomas found Olynyk wide open under the basket for an easy score to make it 31-25 and Brooks called another timeout. It also marked the latest big performance by Thomas, in a playoff run that began in the haze of his younger sister's death in a auto accident. "We had a lot of heart".
As always, Game 7 is must-see National Basketball Association action. "We can't let plays go by, every possession is going to count". One will advance Monday night, the other will go home and watch. "The end result.The only thing that matters is getting a win". Since his incredible 53-point outburst in Game 2, however, the point guard has failed to reach the 20-point mark three times.More news: Israeli police: Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem
In the first two games of the series against Washington, Thomas scored 86 points.
Boston, keeping the home-court dominance of the season series intact, trailed by five with 5:39 left in the third quarter but outscored the Wizards 21-9 over the remainder of the period. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth as the Celtics' lead became 94-81. Game 1 is on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) in Boston.
Washington would once again tie it up at 89 on a layup by Beal with 28 seconds to play.
Boston has been damn near begging for Olynyk to be an aggressive, in attack mode scorer that a player with his skills has the potential to be. Shooting guard Bradley Beal is averaging 23.8 points per contest, making 46.4 percent of his shots.
But Bradley could do nothing defensively to stop Wall on the winning shot, coming off an inbound play that was created to get Beal the ball. "He was the difference today - a huge difference".
Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going and Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth. In fact, the Wizards have not won a game in Boston since April of 2014.
Their second round against the Wizards has not been as smooth of a ride. However, this is his first Game 7 experience and it would be only human for him to have some jitters. "Just came up short", Wall said. Their reward? The Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron You Know Who. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me". It was a Game 2 in the Garden and the Bullets won by a single point.