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Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

May 25 2017, 08:48 | Van Peters

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Celtics return home, power past Wizards

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, right, and Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris wrestle for a loose ball during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round National Basketball Association playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Thomas was held to just 18 points in Game 5, but he also had nine assists and three rebounds.

"I had no idea that Avery had 25 at halftime and I had no idea that Isaiah had one field goal until I looked at the stat sheet, because we were making the right plays", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Game 6 is Friday night in Washington and the Wizards will be hoping to force a Game 7 in Boston on Monday night. Not just because the Celtics won the game and now have two tries to get past Washington and into the Eastern Conference finals, but also because it was yet another spring day in which Al Horford showed that maybe he's worth that $113 million after all.

Washington are now behind 3-2 in the series. But in the team's past two playoff appearances - in which current starters John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat made up the core - Washington lost elimination games at home.

Its how the playoffs work, get the good teams to the end and we can watch them battle in close games then.

"We just wanted to impose our will", said Thomas. For the first time this series, Washington didn't have a huge run. The fire of Celtics rose up when the first points of Wizards took place in the game.

During Boston's first-quarter spurt Wednesday, the Wizards missed eight straight shots before it was ended by Otto Porter's basket. The Wizards have not lost on their home floor this postseason, and the Celtics know just how hard it is to win down in DC, dropping all four of their contests there this season (the home team is 9-0 overall this season and postseason). "The coaches kept saying that, 'Impose your will.' We were the more physical team tonight".

It should also be noted that in National Basketball Association playoff series that have been tied 2-2, the victors of Game 5 have gone on to win the series 83 percent of the time.

Wall limped his way to 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting and didn't get much help from the rest of his team.

The Wizards looked unbeatable at the Verizon Center in Games 3 and 4. "I told him before the game that I believe in him and he's going to have a big game, and he did". But I tend to think it was just another instance of the pattern of this series playing out.

The Wizards' best defense is a good offense. Kelly Oubre, who was suspended for Game 4 tallied 13 points off the bench in Game 5. Both times, Smart, a career 29.1% three-point shooter, found the bottom of the net. The two games during the regular season were losses of 118-93 and 123-108, both in favor of the Wizards. Bradley Beal scored 16 points, but it was not enough to challenge the Celtics. The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last 12 road games. We definitely want to finish it tonight.

One scorer that Boston can continue to rely on is Horford, who has shot lights out during the postseason. Later they booed him loudly when he touched the ball. You can't create fast break opportunities if you're constantly inbounding the ball after the other team makes a shot.



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