Celtics cruise past Wizards in Game 7 to Eastern Conference finals

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Kelly Olynyk has stepped up in a big way for the Boston Celtics, putting together a career-best performance to lead his team to a thrilling game seven victory over the Washington Wizards.

Boston will face the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals.

Boston Celtics fans cheer as guard Isaiah Thomas runs up court after a made basket during the fourth quarter of their Game 7 win over the Wizards.

John Wall led the Washington Wizards to the second round of the playoffs but wasn't satisfied with the overall season following Monday's 115-105 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of their series.

Now it's time for Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld to get these young, talented guards - who have seemingly worked through whatever chemistry issues plagued them in the past - help in the frontcourt and off the bench. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Wizards were down 13 on Isaiah Thomas' three-pointer.

Al Horford had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jae Crowder 14 points and five boards, and Smart 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.

When their season ended, the Washington Wizards walked over to the Boston Celtics with white towels draped over their shoulders.

The decisive passage of play came in the third quarter when the Celtics trailed by five points with 5:39 left in the period.

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While Kelly Olynyk emerged as the unexpected hero of Game 7, Thomas overcame some shooting woes to hit big shots when they mattered. Cleveland lit up IN and Toronto from deep (NBA-best 43 percent through eight games), but expect the Cavs to struggle at times IN the series from downtown. We've got to get ready for the defending champs.

"[Thomas] was terrific [in Game 7]". The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be. "I knew it wouldn't be easy at all", All-Star guard Thomas said.

His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career. Otto Porter scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Markieff Morris contributed 18 points and nine rebounds. It was Olynyk, and not Thomas, who took over in the fourth quarter with 14 points - and it wasn't just wide-open jumpers and 3s. "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.

We're lucky to move on", Olynyk said. If the Wizards were clearly better, however, they would've created more sepearation when they led 70-64 in the third quarter only to succumb to a 22-5 run that put it away at TD Garden.

Given all of this bad blood, it was probably a bad idea for the Celtics to wear all-black into Game 6. Still have not reached a conference final since 1979.

NOTES: Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who borrowed a Bill Belichick line pregame by telling his players to "do your job", on his team's mindset coming in.

The Celtics take care of business on their home floor.

The beginning of the end of the Wizards' season came with 1:46 to play in the third and Washington leading, 79-76.

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