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

Boston led by five points with 1:34 left in the game after guard Isaiah Thomas nailed a 25-foot three-point shot. Monday night will be the second Game 7 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. The Wizards were playing for their playoff lives and they did just enough to pull away from the Celtics by a point to survive and force a Game 7. Avery Bradley added 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting while Al Horford chipped in with 20 points on eight of 12 shooting.

For the Wizards, Bradley Beal had 33 points to lead the team, followed by John Wall with 26, including a huge, game-winning three pointer right in Avery Bradley's face. The Wizards fought back to tie the game at 50-50 and again at 52-52.

Boston's Al Horford knock down what looked to be a potential game victor with 7 seconds to play to give the Celtics an 91-89 lead. Wall's turnovers have come down considerably over the past two games after he committed seven in Game 4, a 121-102 win for the Wizards at Verizon Center. Wall said Washington was preparing for "a funeral", and the Wizards went out and beat the Celtics 123-108.

"To have Game 7 back in Boston in the Garden".

The Wizards came back to tie the game 87-87 after all the momentum was shifting to the Celtics.

These kinds of mistakes are common, especially for the road team, but sadly there's really nothing that can be done about them. Boston didn't play their best game, but they certainly played better than the Wizards.

The shot was his first career go-ahead 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds (regular season or playoffs). Point guard Isaiah Thomas took the pass and was left to chuck up a prayer after the clock, reading 1.7 seconds, was started. Wall's only other game-winner this late in a game came vs. the Chicago Bulls in a 101-99 victory.

Beal was 0 for 7 on 3s before making his only one of the game with 69 seconds left. We can't let plays go by. The Celtics did a nice job on the defensive end to keep the Wizards from going on an early run as we've seen them do in previous games. John Wall was getting rejected at the rim, Markieff Morris missed a dunk, and the Wizards missed seven free throws in the first half. An eastern conference appearance for the former laughing stock of the National Basketball Association would show just how far this franchise has come.

Not since 1979 have the Wizards reached the conference finals, and Wall has made it clear he'll consider this season - Brooks' first as the team's coach - a waste of time if they don't end the drought.

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