Kelly Olynyk erupts as Boston takes Game 7 over Washington

In recent interviews, soon-to-be Celtics max-contract player Isaiah Thomas (29 points, 12 assists), when asked about his place among the greats, has simply said: "I haven't done anything yet. He also hit the biggest shot in Wizards" history as he nailed a three-pointer with under five seconds to go in Game 6.

"Everyone gave their best tonight and it turned out well", Olynyk said.

The home team has won every game this series and in Game 4 the Wizards inexplicably laid down and did not seem to give their full effort in an important playoff matchup. But he had four nice games in the Celtics' series against the Wizards and then the huge Game 7.

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. After all, this was a series that followed its own internal logic, something we desperately needed while the rest of the National Basketball Association playoff picture was falling into place in the most predictable manner possible. He faced constant double teams and trapping from the Wizards, who were determined to make other players beat them. It would also be the Celtics' first trip to the conference finals since 2012, the last such run made by Boston's since-departed Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

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 scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Markieff Morris contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.

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Boston trailed 76-72 late in the third quarter before ending the period on a 13-3 spurt.

Brown's reverse dunk in the opening seconds of the fourth got the crowd going again, giving the Celtics a 87-79 lead. "We don't care about what others say".

Despite Boston's success, Cleveland had their way with the Celtics in the regular season. "It just sucks that they came out with it and said we should have had another second", said Thomas, who hurried a last-second shot, via ESPN. When his team needed him most in the fourth quarter, Wall responded with not making a single field goal in the quarter. The Celtics reserve Kelly Olynyk sparked a mid-quarter run, scoring 13 of his 26 points in the fourth.

Leonard's already tender ankle got much worse when he released a jump shot and came down on the foot of the Warriors' Zaza Pachulia in Sunday's Game 1 loss. The truth was that the victor of this series, no matter which team it was, was going to be rewarded with the opportunity to be flattened by a far superior Cavaliers team. He has averaged 25.1 points and 6 assists a game during the playoffs. That lifted the Wizards to a 92-91 victory, snatching away the Celtics' hopes of advancing. "The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be and it wasn't a flawless game".

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. Worrying about overpaying Bradley Beal is not one of them.

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