Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

East finals trip on line as Wizards, Celtics head to Game 7

East finals trip on line as Wizards, Celtics head to Game 7

Celtics' backup center Kelly Olynyk lead Boston past the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 Monday to earn a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Overall, the Celtics' bench outscored the Wizards' 45-5, which showed the difference in depth between the two teams. Isaiah Thomas and Co. have won five straight games in Boston, defeating their opponents by an average of 13 points.

"Everyone gave their best tonight, and it turned out well", said Olynyk, who grew up in Kamloops, B.C. Now they come in as the significant underdog against a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has apparently flipped the switch so hard that they ripped it off the wall. "I thought he made a lot of great plays; a lot of those shots that others made in the fourth quarter were off of his passes, or started with them putting two guys on Isaiah and man, is he a tough guy". We played them four times.

The top-seeded Celtics host the National Basketball Association champs in Games 1 and 2 Wednesday and Friday nights. "I've seen them play before".

While Kelly Olynyk emerged as the unexpected hero of Game 7, Thomas overcame some shooting woes to hit big shots when they mattered. It was a career high in points for Olynyk, who wasn't even a starter in the lineup for Game 7. With more Boston reserves forced onto the court, the Wizards relied on Wall, Beal, Porter and Morris - the quartet combined for 50 of the team's 55 first-half points. But Washington also commited 15 turnovers leading to 17 Celtics points.

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The Wizards would rally to within four, 101-97, on the heels of back-to-back three-pointers by Bradley Beal, including a four-point play. Boston carried their positive momentum into the fourth quarter, where Olynyk took over. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics stretched their advantage to 110-100.

The Wizards Dropped to 6-5 all time in Game 7s and have not reached a conference final since 1979. But you can be sure, the Celtics will compete - it's who they are. They Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint.

Cleveland's lone loss to the Celtics was a 103-99 decision at TD Garden on March 1. "All night last night and today I watched 2008 Paul Pierce vs. LeBron and how special that game was". Boston will be playing its 30th Game 7 (21-8). Home teams are 101-26 all time. Thomas had to visit the dentist after injuring at least three teeth in Game 1 against Washington, and the Celtics are only advancing after their defenders contained John Wall in Game 7. Olynyk was a flawless 8-for-8 on field goal attempts inside the arc in Game 7 and a ideal 6-for-6 on contested field goal attempts.

PRESSURE IS ON: Thomas and Wall. Thomas scored nine points on three triples during a crucial 18-2 run over the end of the third quarter into the beginning of the fourth quarter. But he was mostly contained in Games 3 through 5 as Washington sent multiple defenders at him. Olynyk had experienced many moments inside TD Garden during the first four seasons of his career, but none were like this.

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