Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

The top-seeded Celtics host the defending champion Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday and Game 2 on Friday.

Kelly Olynyk has stepped up in a big way for the Boston Celtics, putting together a career-best performance to lead his team to a thrilling game seven victory over the Washington Wizards.

Rookie Jaylen Brown had a stellar Game 7 as well, and if he can continue to bring his athleticism and energy to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics won't necessarily need him to score - he can impact the game in a variety of different ways.

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.

After the Wizards dominated the paint most of the series, it was the Celtics who outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint in Game 7.

Kelly Olynyk was the unsung hero for the Celtics, making 10 of 14 shots and scoring 26 points off the bench.

This is the game thread for tonight's game.

"They are definitely going to have to play better, obviously, because it is Cleveland", Gortat said. Boston also connected on 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 13 in the second half.

"We needed to help the starters, help with Isaiah", he said. It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012. That drought is the longest of any city, with three or more professional sports teams and if the Wizards can break the "curse", they will be the first for an entire Washington generation. Thomas also had a career playoff-high 12 assists.

"They're playing better than past year, at least when I watch them", Stevens said of the Cavaliers. "The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be and it wasn't a flawless game". "We had never played in the 90s (snap count)". He canned two 3-pointers during the final six and a half minutes of the game - two daggers that sank deep into the hearts of the visiting Wizards - the second of which was a no-doubter that he followed with three steps toward the basket as he held his swan neck high in the air.

"I don't care how well I played", Beal said afterward.

"I've seen them play before". Otto Porter Jr. had a postseason career-high 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting and a ideal 8/8 from the charity stripe. Markieff Morris finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

A key point stretch came with the Celtics leading 34-33. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics' lead became 94-81.

When their season ended, the Washington Wizards walked over to the Boston Celtics with white towels draped over their shoulders.

Just a few minutes later, Smart took the same walk and smiled at Olynyk - already sitting in his vehicle and waiting to go home. Boston's bench scored just five points in the previous game. "They made big shots all series". "He was the difference today - a huge difference". Washington is just 6-3 in Game 7s. Washington coach Scott Brooks fell to 2-1 coaching in seventh games. No matter, even if they end up getting swept, which might actually be the most likely scenario here, the Celtics should have no regrets about how their season ended. The Wizards had all of the momentum, Bradley Beal was on his way to a 38-point night, and it looked like the C's were on their way to a second-round playoff exit.

"It's tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had. So it's a not a satisfied season to me". The Wizards haven't been out of the second round since 1979, when the then-Bullets beat the Spurs to advance to the NBA Finals. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31. Cleveland, 8-0 in these playoffs, took the season series 2-1.

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