Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

Boston got 29 points and 12 assists from Isaiah Thomas and 48 from its bench - including reserves Olynyk and Marcus Smart making plays down the stretch - and that was enough beat the Wizards 115-105 in Game 7.

The reigning world champions will be taking on the Boston Celtics after the Celtics overcame the Washington Wizards in a thrilling Game 7 on Monday night.

You have to hand it Stevens, who has that magic touch with decent players like Kelly Olynyk (26 points Monday), who looks like a star on some nights because the coach knows how to teach and run a complex offense that gets so many guys wide open shots. Bradley Beal had a great game for the Wizards, scoring a playoff career high 38 points in the losing effort.

After scoring 12 first half points, John Wall disappeared in the second half, finishing with only 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting from the field and only hitting one of the nine three pointers he took. Thomas hit a pair of big 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter to ignite an 18-2 Boston run.

Celtics forward Paul Pierce goes against Cavaliers forward LeBron James in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs. "They are going to give them a hell of a fight, and it is going to be an interesting series for you guys to watch". Little did he know that Monday night, during Game 7 against the Washington Wizards, the Legend of Olynyk would come to life.

The Cavaliers have had a long layoff since knocking the Toronto Raptors out of the conference playoff game.

"They was paying a lot of attention to Isaiah (Thomas), teams are gonna do that, and he got rid of the ball quickly and put us in a position to make plays in 4-on-3 basketball", Olynyk said after the game.

They'll be looking for a similar outcome after Game 1, as they look maintain their status as the Eastern Conference's top dog. Boston made 29 of their 40 shots in the paint area, while Washington only made 20 of 35 in the paint.

As good as Thomas was, Olynyk was the biggest X-factor in the game.

"I hate losing, especially when we feel like we were a better team". He giveth and he taketh away, but he sure does have a habit of pulling out big plays when his club needs them.

"I love him. I love how he plays", Washington coach Scott Brooks said.

"Well, first thing, I thanked him", Brooks said of his speech to Wall after the game.

The NBA Draft Lottery is set for Tuesday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m. "The future is bright because he's leading us". The Wizards were 7-0 in the playoffs when allowing under 110 points, but they fell to 0-6 when giving up more than 110.

All 11 games between these teams in the regular season and postseason - all physical affairs - were won by the home team. Those Hawks struggled more than a top seed should against the No. 8 team and the Wizards and the Cavaliers are patiently waiting to demolish the opponent that limped through the first couple of rounds.


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