John Wall’s game-winning three-pointer just saved the Wizards season

This was huge!

The Wizards forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to a late game three-pointer from John Wall. This was one of those shots you knew was going from the second it left his hands. It gave the Wizards a 92-91 lead that would hold for the final 3.5 seconds.

Wall stepped into the moment as stars do, just after Al Horford had hit a huge shot on the other end of the court with 7.7 seconds remaining.

In fact, Brad Stevens had drawn up two great plays out of timeouts and it looked like the Celtics were going to pull away with this one.

But John Wall had other plans.

The Wizards are now the first home team to win in an elimination game in this playoffs series. Wall finished the night with 26 points, 8 assists, and one of the biggest shots in the history of Washington D.C. sports.

This will be the Wizards first Game 7 since 1979. Whew.

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John Wall’s game-winning three-pointer just saved the Wizards season

This was huge!

The Wizards forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to a late game three-pointer from John Wall. This was one of those shots you knew was going from the second it left his hands. It gave the Wizards a 92-91 lead that would hold for the final 3.5 seconds.

Wall stepped into the moment as stars do, just after Al Horford had hit a huge shot on the other end of the court with 7.7 seconds remaining.

In fact, Brad Stevens had drawn up two great plays out of timeouts and it looked like the Celtics were going to pull away with this one.

But John Wall had other plans.

The Wizards are now the first home team to win in an elimination game in this playoffs series. Wall finished the night with 26 points, 8 assists, and one of the biggest shots in the history of Washington D.C. sports.

This will be the Wizards first Game 7 since 1979. Whew.

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Celtics vs. Wizards 2017: Schedule, scores, predictions, and news from Round 2 of NBA Playoffs

The home team has won every game of this series.

With a loss in Game 5 to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Washington Wizards are in must-win territory at home for Game 6. It’s yet another installment of a season-long rivalry that has reignited some of the bad blood between the two sides from the regular season.

The Wizards and Celtics don’t like each other. First, John Wall forearm shoved Marcus Smart into the ground. Then, he and Jae Crowder got into a poking match after a game. It led to Boston police standing between the two locker rooms as the Wizards and Celtics jawed back and forth after their Jan. 11 matchup.

In their following game, the Wizards players arrived dressed in all black. The reason? Wall said the game was “a funeral,” and Washington buried them, 123-108.

Boston also won out on the Al Horford sweepstakes, signing him to a max contract during a free-agency period where Washington was also courting him.

“He’s a perfect fit,” Crowder said, according to MassLive. “That’s what we were telling him. He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year. You don’t want to go there.”

The rivalry has raged on in the playoffs.

Isaiah Thomas accidentally had his front tooth knocked out in Game 1 before nearly fracturing his jaw in Game 2. Kelly Olynyk set two hard, illegal screens on Kelly Oubre Jr., who got up and charged at the Celtics’ forward, knocking him to the ground. Oubre was ejected and suspended one game. The two sides have been jawing back and forth all series long. Now, Boston has a chance to have the last laugh if they can close out on the road.

Series Schedule

Game 1: Boston 123, Washington 111 (recap)

Game 2: Boston 129, Washington 119 (recap)

Game 3: Washington 116, Boston 89 (recap)

Game 4: Washington 121, Boston 102 (recap)

Game 5: Boston 123, Washington 101 (recap)

Game 6: Washington 92, Boston 91 (recap)

Game 7: May 15, 8 p.m. @ Boston (TV: TNT)

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Key Matchup: Avery Bradley vs. Bradley Beal

Celtics vs. Wizards is undoubtedly a showdown between two All-NBA-caliber point guards. But the battle at the shooting guard spot between Beal and Bradley could prove even more important.

Bradley scored a game-high 29 points in Boston’s 22-point Game 5 win. Beal scored 27 when Washington took Game 4.

Wall and Thomas are going to get theirs, but Bradley’s ability to lock down his assignment could hamper Washington’s second-leading scorer. Beal is having the best season of his career and has a size advantage over the Boston stopper. That mismatch hasn’t stopped Bradley in the past, however, and the Celtics will need him to come up big on both ends again if they hope to close Washington out on the road.

Predictions

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