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Watch John Wall's Game 6 game-winning three vs. the Celtics

Watch John Wall's Game 6 game-winning three vs. the Celtics”

Wall was ice-cold for the first three quarters before heating up when it mattered most. In the process, he has silenced many critics who questioned whether at 5-foot-9 but built like a fire hydrant, Thomas has the necessities to be a franchise level player. He scored 13 in the period as Washington entered the fourth trailing 69-66. In fact, the shot was so big that Markieff Morris semi-selfishly said after the game that Wall's shot was the biggest one of HIS career.

"I thought it was going in".

"I wear black all the time".

Following the loss, the Celtics were collectively resigned to the fact that Wall made an extremely hard shot in order to force a Game 7 in this series.

Celtics guard Avery Bradley scored an awesome corner bucket to push the Celtics back ahead, 89-87, but Beal responded again with a big shot of his own to lock the score back up at 89. The Celtics had a chance to eliminate the Wizards and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Wizards had different plans.

"Very few of the games have been close - only two games in this series", Stevens said. When the Wizards clogged things up for Thomas in Game 5, he responded by creating open looks for his teammates.

Isaiah Thomas again on Bradley Beal, the Wizards were more effective taking advantage of that matchup, scoring 14 points in the first half. Trying to reach the East finals for the first time since 2012. After being fouled, Bradley brought the Celtics within five points.

That was one of the most memorable moments from this series, which also included Thomas getting a tooth knocked out in Game 1 and producing a 53-point outburst in Game 2, then a 26-0 run by Washington in Game 4. This was the first win by a home team facing elimination on its court in these National Basketball Association playoffs. The last two years we were in the playoffs, we lost Game 6 here and we just had a lot of heart.

Isaiah Thomas, who scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, missed an off-balance 3-point heave at the buzzer with a chance to win the game. Jaylen Brown's offensive rebounding was a difference-maker. Wall isn't at his best firing from beyond the arc - and he started the game 1 of 12 from the field. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field and finished 11 of 35 on 3-pointers.

Instead the Wizards came out flat, being eliminated in a game where the Pacers' best player Paul George scored only 12 points. But the Celtics made a comeback to take a one-point lead seconds before the end of the half.

John Wall's defense was just as important at the end of Game 6 as his offense.

Asked what it means to force a game seven, Wall said, "It is my life".

After the game, Wall spoke with ESPN court reporter Lisa Salters and immediately cited Boston's disrespect in the lead up to Game 6.

Wall and Beal, meantime, had just four turnovers between them for a second consecutive game. John Wall hit two free throws with 41.2 seconds left to tie the game at 87.

Hey, Bradley Beal, why does the host come out on top every time? Big man, hit the big shot.



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