It was an incredible well-rounded display from the Celtics' entire rotation, but they were carried on the bouncy manbun of Kelly Olynyk, who had the game of his life.
The Cavs will attempt to win their third consecutive Eastern Conference title and trip to the NBA Finals while it would be the seventh in as many years for LeBron James should Cleveland prevail.
Isaiah Thomas led Celtics scorers with 29 points, plus 12 assists, but the Celtics got a huge lift from Olynyk and the rest of their bench, outscoring their Wizards' counterparts 48-5.
Wall was likely disappointed with his own performance during Game 7 considering he shot just 8-of-23 from the field and 1-of-8 from three-point range on his way to 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
"A friend called me and said "Be at your best when your best is needed" and my best was needed tonight", Olynyk said after the win. The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home.
In Game 7, the Celtics triumphed at TD Garden, 115-105, outlasting a Wizards team that didn't have enough defense or balanced scoring when it mattered. Markieff Morris, whom the Wizards gave up a 2016 lottery pick to acquire in February 2016, played well this past season and battled an ankle injury throughout the series.
The Celtics came to Washington a few days ago wearing all black, dressed in their "funeral" attire as they attempted to close out the series and end the Washington Wizards' season.
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Bradley Beal led Washington - which was playing in its first Game 7 since 1979 - with 38 points, including 24 in the second half. Otto Porter had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards got it down to 101-97 with 6:10 to play because of Beal's four-point play, but they couldn't get stops. But Olynyk then took over.
Cleveland and Boston last met in the playoffs in 2015, when the Cavs swept the Celtics out of the first round. I think they're better than any of the four times we played them, including the last one when they smashed us. There is no, "I'm going to save this for the fourth quarter", because if you lose, you go home.
"The more experience you get, the better you get, the more comfortable you get, etc.", Brown told reporters after the game. And yet somehow, with the Celtics' season on the line on Monday night, the seven foot center scored 26 points. Boston began the game on a big run and it seemed for a bit that these horrid playoffs would turn out another clunker in what was supposed to be a great game.
Brooks recently spoke about the excitement that comes with participating in Game 7 of the playoffs.
The Wizards led 70-64 with six-and-a-half minutes left in the third and never trailed the C's in that frame until Thomas drilled a pull-up triple to put Boston up 82-79.
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James already has a long history with the Celtics and TD Garden, and he'll be looking to add another chapter to his ongoing story during the conference finals.
Thomas, who is playing with a heavy heart following the death of his 22-year-old sister Chyna in a vehicle accident at the start of the playoffs, scored 17 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the third quarter. This season, they have advanced through the first two rounds, defeating the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards in the process.
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