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

Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.

If the Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday. "We've got to defend at a high level against a very good team that plays well on their home floor". He scored 25 points in the first half of the game that piled up 22 points against the opponent.

As a team, Boston, which led by as many 26 points, shot 52.9 percent from the floor and had 33 assists on 46 made baskets, while outrebounding the Wizards 48-45 after being dominated on the glass in the previous two games.

Said Bradley: "Everyone was prepared and that is what it's all about". He even added three block shots, rejecting a pair of John Wall drives to the hoop early in the tilt. "We're a team, and it's going to take a team effort to be able to beat the Washington Wizards". The Wizards scored the first four points of the game, but the Celtics scored the next 16 and never looked back.

Thomas can also force a favorable switch for others. "But now I'm seeing the game differently", Thomas said. "I wasn't really surprised with anything that I heard".

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By the same token, this series feels destined to go seven games. "Next game it could be (guard) Marcus Smart". "I think we eliminate those runs and cut down on our turnovers, that puts us in a better position to win those games".

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. It wasn't a must-win situation but they stepped on the Hawks' throats, opening a 19-point lead at halftime and holding on as the advantage dwindled to three points late in the game.

Oubre finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes Wednesday night.

What no one expected was that neither of them would play well, and instead, Boston guard Avery Bradley would steal the show, scoring a game-high 29 points. Every team would love a two-way big man who can pass the hell out of the ball, pick-and-pop and hit some 3-pointers. But in Game 5 he regressed and scored just 16 points on 7-of-19 from the field. "We knew that they were going to come out aggressive and they did". "I think Kelly did a great job of handling it". "He didn't let it bother him". Wall looked timid for much of the evening, and Horford played a big part in that. We (are) his brothers. We (are) his brothers. It's also harder to go on a run if Markieff Morris is in foul trouble.

OK, you can jump off that bridge when you get to it.

Together, the top-seeded Celtics and fourth-seeded Wizards have created the outlier of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs. Boston has now won eight straight overall at the Boston Garden over Washington. "If he could take it back, he would", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game.

Coming back to Washington and down 2-0, the Wizards needed to use their home crowd as fuel to get back and that's what they did. Their 101 Wednesday was their playoff low for 2017.

The Celtics were certainly much at home in the regular season, going 30-11 in Boston compared to a 23-18 record on the road.