National Basketball Association admits to mistake at end of Celtics-Wizards Game 6

John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket, then hopped atop the scorer's table and yelled to celebrate at the conclusion of the Washington Wizards' 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night that pushed their Eastern Conference semifinal to a Game 7.

Wall got off to a slow start but finished with 26 points (on 9-25 shooting) and eight assists, forcing a Game 7 at Boston's TD Garden on Monday.

In the post game interview, Wall said he drew his motivation from the Celtics decision to wear all black before Game 6.

There's no sugarcoating it. Wednesday was a must-win for Washington, because 83% of teams in a 2-2 situation, who won Game 5 would go on to win the series.

In the Bill Russell era, the Celtics were unstoppable in Game Seven, winning all 10 appearances. "A lot of guys doubted us winning this game at home". Avery Bradley sprinted down court as soon as Wall's shot went through the net and Thomas quickly grabbed the inbounds and tossed it ahead to Bradley for an uncontested layup. Wall (26.3 PPG) and Beal (21.7 PPG), meanwhile, have accounted for 43.6 percent of Washington's 660 total points.

With 1:34 remaining in Game 6 Friday night, Thomas appeared to have sealed the Wizards' fate with 10 of the Celtics' 22 fourth-quarter points to his name. It led to some bad blood between the two teams, with Isaiah Thomas referring to the stunt as "cute" and telling reporters, "It's not like it's a Game 7". "I had nowhere to go".

Honestly, what more needs to be said?

With LeBron James all but certain to put an abrupt end to the season of whichever team reaches the conference finals, Thomas and the Celtics have one more big moment left in them.

No, that's not a fortune cookie message from your previous night's order of crab Rangoon, but instead, words of wisdom from one former Boston Celtics legend to one in the making. Except look at the screen by Horford on Bradley Beal - it was not legal.

Three years later, the Wizards faced another elimination Game 6, and no longer did Wall and Beal have the appearance of wide-eyed fawns frozen by speeding headlights.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens proved why he's considered one of the most creative play callers in the National Basketball Association, setting up the ideal in-bound play that gave Celtics forward Al Horford an open jumper that gave Boston a 91-89 lead with seven seconds left. 5 seed. John Wall and Bradley Beal were first-timers in the postseason, and in simply loaded up the paint to prevent drives to the basket and forced shooters to beat them. "I was the first one in the gym, too, so I didn't see nobody else wearing black".

"Our goal is to get to the conference finals". He's been doing it all year for them. Magic Johnson, along with the Lakers, wanted to bring back some of the old players to commemorate the meeting of this great rivalry. "He was a couple feet behind the 3-point line. Horford did it that one time, contested Brad and got back". So you have to take your hat off to that.

Replay may not be allowed, but usually the referees notice, confer, and put some time back on the clock. "You don't want that to happen". The Wizards have won all six of their home games but have gone 1-5 on the road in the playoffs, including three losses in this series.

It was just the latest epic backcourt battle that has defined the excitement in this second-round series. Now Thomas and the Celtics' resiliency will truly be tested.