Celtics take down Wizards 115-105; now face Cavs

Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas wants to put the incident behind and focus on Monday's Game 7.

Thomas tallied 27 assists over the last three games, and his playmaking ability proved to be a key factor in the C's winning two of the last three contests of this seven-game series.

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"They are definitely going to have to play better, obviously, because it is Cleveland", Gortat said. Thomas has been instrumental for his team in the fourth quarter, leaving no doubt why the final period is referred to as "IT Time".

"We needed it", Olynyk admitted.

Celtics advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

The Celtics will be in the conference finals for the first time since 2012, when they lost to Miami.

And so it happened that lanky, uncoordinated Olynyk, of all players, ended up becoming the biggest villain in what has become one of the most heated rivalries in the league. Thomas also had a career playoff-high 12 assists.

Thomas added: "That says a lot about the team we are and we believe in each other". "The game wasn't always what we wanted it to be and it wasn't a flawless game".

Bradley Beal led the Wizards, playing their first Game 7 since 1979, with 38 points - including 24 in the second half. The Wizards got it down to 101-97 with 6:10 to play because of Beal's four-point play, but they couldn't get stops. "I don't care how well I played. The only thing that matters is getting a win". Otto Porter had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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Yes this is my chin. "I'm not addicted to surgery". "I'm praying for the day I get back into the gym, boxercise, zumba with no jiggling".

Trailing 76-72 late in the third quarter, the Celtics caught fire and used a 13-3 run to build an advantage.

In the National Basketball Association, it's all about the last team standing, which means a series like the one the Celtics and the Wizards just had, will most likely be forgotten, overshadowed by whatever is to come. Boston carried their positive momentum into the fourth quarter, where Olynyk took over.

In the regular season, the Cavs went 3-1 against the Celtics.

"Our goal is just take him out of the game and just continue to be physical with him", Beal said. "He was the difference today - a huge difference".

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"I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game", Washington coach Scott Brooks said. The Celtics will try thick, wide-bodied Jae Crowder, and the Cavs will run James through pick-and-rolls when they do.

Yet Boston rallied brilliantly to outscore Washington by 21-9 over the rest of the quarter to build a lead they would never relinquish.

INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturday's practice with the flu. James routinely torched P.J. Tucker in the second round of the playoffs, and none of the Celtics' options are as suited to defend James as Tucker. Throughout the playoffs, their ability to convert those perimeter jumpers has defined their success, and they were over 40 percent in their series against the Wizards.

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. "So it's a not a satisfied season to me". He has averaged 25.1 points and 6 assists a game during the playoffs. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31.

All games will tip off at 8:30 and be broadcast on TNT.

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