Wall's late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7


Wall screamed from the top of the scorer's table. The crowd roared, with some in the stands bowing down to the man who saved their season.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on two days' rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

Wall's late-game heroics erased a struggling first half performance - the All-Star point guard had just three points at halftime.

Wall finished with 26 points, while Bradley Beal scored a game-high 33, and they combined for 23 of Washington's 26 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Morris, who made the Wizards' lone 3-pointer of the first half less than a minute into the game, made his fourth-quarter 3 with 3:45 left to play to put Washington ahead 82-80. "I'm going to talk to my lawyers". Wall was simply feeling it and knew he was going to nail the dagger. "That's not the way I'm gonna go out". Their youth and inexperience showed as the Pacers wrapped up the series in Game 6, on Washington's home floor.

In what has become a golden age for National Basketball Association point guards, Wall has seen so many of his contemporaries create moments that have come to define them.

Hayward would have a chance to join his revered college coach on an up-and-coming roster that was two wins away from the NBA Finals. He and Avery Bradley each had 27 points. The team is giving up 125 points per game in Boston, compared to 94 points per game in Washington.

The Celtics, however, have a point guard of their own that can take over games. "All indications are that he felt good after yesterday's game", Stevens said. "During a timeout I told them don't worry about taking them, worry about making them".

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Fair or not, the perception would be that they're not really close to beating Cleveland, so in Hayward's or Griffin's minds, is it really worth it to uproot life in one city for a similar situation? Wall and Beal responded with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to tie the game.

But the Cavaliers get all the respect, deservedly, for reaching the NBA Finals the past two years. Instead, not only did the Celtics fail to eliminate the Wizards in Game 6, but also tried to deny their planned all black attire during postgame interviews.

Whether it be Thomas finding himself, or the bench starting to contribute, the Celtics need this win in the TD Garden.

"Looked the defender in the eye and took a shot that I work on and it went in", Wall said. "We want to contest all shots and you have to live with that". Zoom out and look at the big picture: Winning Game 7 could serve as a launching pad for Boston.

"You know, one of the things with Brad going into this season, meeting with him throughout the summer is: Become a complete player", Brooks said.

Without the benefit of replay, timing mistakes are to be expected. "We worked too hard for this and all we asked for is a Game 7, 50-50". Last reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1979. Wall had the ball at the end of the game and he made magic happen. "I'm enjoying this moment now, but after tonight I'm locked in for [Monday]". "That's the right way to go out".

"It was just amusing to me".

Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at The Undefeated.