5 fast facts ahead of Celtics, Wizards Game 7 matchup

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The game Thomas is referring to is Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals between the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Olynyk's contributions may have been more surprising, but Thomas was still the catalyst.

The Washington Wizards will need to play with a lot of focus in their Game 7 road matchup with the Celtics.

"I don't care how well I played", Beal said afterward. "We can't let plays go by, every possession is going to count". Washington's last victory in Boston came on April 16, 2014.

The victor will want to be at full strength for the finals against the Cavaliers but the possibilities of scuffles and technical fouls to earn players suspensions is a very real possibility this series.

The Wizards hung tough, paced by Otto Porter Jr., and closed the gap to 46-45. John Wall wasn't much help either, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-23 shooting and disappearing late in the game. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth as the Celtics' lead became 94-81.

But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six. The Celtics reserves scored 48 points compared to just five by the Wizards.

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That's when Olynyk went to work and ensured Boston's spot in the conference finals. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field and finished 11 of 35 on 3-pointers.

Wall played 44, Markieff Morris played nearly 42, and Beal played close to 46. “The last two years we were in the playoffs we lost Game 6 here and we just had a lot of heart.”.

Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5. Wearing a black shirt, he scoffed at the idea Wall and the Wizards derived some boost from knowing about the Celtics' choice of attire. However, this is his first Game 7 experience and it would be only human for him to have some jitters.

"Washington" and "Boston" continue to dispute the ticket to the Eastern conference finals. Washington countered with Beal draining a shot from three-point range and Wall tying the game at 87-all by hitting two free throws with 41 seconds left. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31.

John Wall provided that pleasure, with a game-winning shot, and the closest game of this series was ended with a home team's thrilling victory.

It has been an ugly series and the bad blood between the two teams dates back tot he regular season.

While the Celtics deny any planning or intent, numerous players showed up to Friday's Game 6 wearing all black, a move that has become famous in the National Basketball Association world for signifying that a team is getting ready for its opponent's funeral. He would finish with 18 points and 11 assists for another double-double on Monday night.

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