All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards

All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards

So close. But still so far.

After his clutch 3-pointer gave the Washington Wizards a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second-round series on Friday, Wall made the most of the biggest moment of his career.

Sometimes, such a strong statement spurs an awesome performance, which is what happened for the Celtics when Isaiah Thomas called Game 5 "the biggest game I've ever played".

A Boston victory Friday would end the series and send the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals.

Wall was ice-cold for the first three quarters before heating up when it mattered most. Thomas and Wall each had 10 points in the fourth quarter.

So now here we are, in Game 6.

"I ain't going home".

Wall shook off a slow start to finish with 26 points, and said the Celtics wearing black as they entered the arena was in his mind the whole game. "We worked too hard for this". If only Jae Crowder hadn't missed so many early jumpers, and Bradley and Horford hadn't missed a couple of early layups, and ... well, we could count the ifs all night, couldn't we?

"Great shot by a great player", Brad Stevens said of the Wall game-winner. "We're all going to look forward to it". They didn't make a field goal for a seven-minute stretch, which extended into the third quarter. He and Avery Bradley each had 27 points. A loss ends the Wizards season and puts the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals against Lebron James and the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Thomas said he didn't think it inspired the Wizards. Trying to reach the East finals for the first time since 2012. The two best words in playoffs are Game 7. The Game 6's total is set at 216 points.

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. He didn't make any of his threes in Game 5.

If only Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown hadn't combined to go 0-for-11 off the bench.

Beal was 0 for 7 on 3s before making his only one of the game with 69 seconds left.

This series has added even more fuel to the growing rivalry between the two teams, as evidenced by Kelly Oubre's scuffle with Kelly Olynyk in Game 3. And then Wall, a 32.1 percent career three-point shooter, rescued his team.

While the Celtics were uncharacteristically cold from 3-point range, the Wizards were abysmal from beyond the arc, missing 13 of their first 14 attempts. "You gotta take your bumps and bruises as they go". Beal finished with 33 points on 15-for-26 shooting, but he was 0-for-7 from deep before hitting a clutch 3-pointer.

The Wizards need their stars, John Wall and Bradley Beal, to play like stars after a middling game five performance.

Boston was up 87-82, but did not hold on. We couldn't take care of business tonight - an unbelievable shot by John Wall - but to have Game 7 back in Boston in the Garden.

Hey, Bradley Beal, why does the host come out on top every time?

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