Olynyk powers Celtics to Game 7 win over Wizards

Terrell Bush
May 22, 2017

With the Celtics down by three, Isaiah Thomas, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds - making him the first player to put up those numbers in a Game 7 since 2007 - hit two 3-pointers and Smart one in a 1:13 span to put the home team ahead to stay.

Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, John Wall added 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds and Markieff Morris ended with 18 points and nine boards for the Wizards, who, according to ESPN Stats and Information, were playing their first Game 7 since 1979.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' third consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals will begin away from Quicken Loans Arena, as they will take on the No. 1 seed in the East, the Boston Celtics, in a best-of-seven series starting Wednesday. Fans have always wanted more from Olynyk, whose talent is clearly evident.

"I hate losing, especially when we feel like we were a better team".

The decisive passage of play came in the third quarter when the Celtics trailed by five points with 5:39 left in the period.

"I've seen them play before".

"They have a lot of guys that play physical defense, and others guys who space the floor and knock down shots", Wall said. "We gotta get ready for the defending champs, we know that".

"I'm hurting", he said.

The 2016-17 Boston Celtics season isn't just a success, it's a giant success. In the regular season against Boston, James averaged almost a 30-point triple double (29.3 points, 9.8 assists, 9.3 rebounds) in the teams' four meetings.

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

"This was tougher because it was Game 7", Wall said.

"Kelly was MVP tonight", Thomas said. Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists in the Celtics' series-clinching win.

Since October, and throughout Washington's historic season that ended with a 115-105 loss to the Celtics on Monday night, the Wizards had gone as Wall and Bradley Beal did.

"We needed it", Olynyk admitted. Boston just couldn't make open shots and failed to capitalize on lengthy Washington offensive droughts.

The former Washington Husky standout's play backed up his confidence and, with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston bench, Thomas earned the biggest victory of his career.

Introducing the Man From Kamloops, proud owner of the best man-bun in the National Basketball Association, rumored to be the illegitimate child of the Sasquach who emerged from the woods to play into our hearts at Gonzaga and then the National Basketball Association. Can't say nothing more than I love him. The Celtics are assured of no worse than the fourth pick in Tuesday night's draft lottery as they still reap the benefits of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn. It was also a couple of nifty drives that resulted in layups that proved to be critical - including one that followed the Wizards' cutting what had been an 11-point lead to just four with 6:10 remaining. Lost season series to Cleveland 3-1.

It was a bitter way for the team leader to end the season.

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