As Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal said Wednesday, the game was decided by Washington's inability to contain the Celtics in transition.
A loss would send the series back to Boston for a Game 7 on Monday, where the victor goes on to play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The betting line reflects how John Wall and Co. have played in Washington compared to Boston, and the difference is stark.
Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career. Al Horford could do no wrong, shooting 8-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. Their efforts helped the Celtics win with Thomas in a complementary role, scoring 18 points with nine assists and numerous invaluable picks.
Game 6 is Friday night in Washington and the Wizards will be hoping to force a Game 7 in Boston on Monday night.
Boston would prefer for this trend to continue, but the Wizards have five good reasons to remain confident ahead of Game 6.
Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers.
"We have to stay in the moment", Thomas said. And the Celtics got it done on the defensive end with 5 blocks and 4 steals in the first half. They finished with 33 assists on 46 made baskets, with Thomas dishing out nine of those helpers. At the same time, saying anything negative to an National Basketball Association player in a blowout playoff game can set them off.
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"They were the more physical team today", Wall said.
-The Wizards have yet to win a playoff game in Boston since 1982.
Together, the top-seeded Celtics and fourth-seeded Wizards have created the outlier of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs. "But I feel like every player should respect this game". "They know who I am, so it's definitely a blessing". He notched a playoff career high by halftime (25 points), hitting 10 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. Beantown shot 65 percent from the floor and 43 percent from beyond the arc after the first 12 minutes. The "Celtics" will be the first chance to close down the opposition and come to Cleveland.
-Bradley's 25 point performance in the first half marked the 10th time in this year's playoff that a player has scored 25 or more points in the opening two quarters. Oubre tried to downplay what he heard from the fans Wednesday. Then, when Oubre started the second quarter for Wizards, it prompted fans in the Garden to chant again. He was booed every time he touched the ball or committed a foul.
Celtics at Wizards, Celtics lead series 3-2.
"They made shots tonight", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks.
The Wizards seemed poised to do so, arriving at TD Garden after back-to-back blowouts in D.C. Surely sleeping in their own beds, driving their own cars and being in their own environment couldn't make that much of a difference.
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