Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

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

Damon Campbell | 14 May, 2017, 04:04

The Wizards attempt to be first home team to win at home while facing elimination this postseason.

Thomas and Jae Crowder both scored 18, Thomas with nine assists and Crowder with eight rebounds.

John Wall has scorched Thomas for most of this series and will go back to playing isolation basketball in Game 6 to make Thomas almost unplayable like he was in Games 3 and 4.

Tune in to Celtics-Wizards Game 6 on 98.5 The Sports Hub - the flagship station of the Boston Celtics.

During the regular season, the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards played a series of four physical, emotional and highly intense games that prompted them to call it anything but a rivalry.

Al Horford, another best player of Boston, finished the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Celtics made some good adjustments, played Thomas off the ball and even made him set screens for other players to keep the offense in rhythm.

The Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 to move to within a game of a place in the NBA's eastern conference finals.

If the Celtics win tomorrow morning, they would open the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

Wizards guard John Wall goes to the basket against Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Wall is the best player in the series, and he had his worst performance against Boston in Game 5 with 21 points and four assists on seven-of-17 shooting.

Bradley poured in a game-high 29 points, shooting 12-for-19 from the floor and 4-for-7 from three.

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"Everyone was prepared", said Bradley. "And if we're able to understand that and he's able to believe in us, I feel like the sky's the limit for us".

Big runs have been the story of the series (aside from that home court thing) and for the first time in Game 5, the Celtics were the ones putting the points on the board. Washington did have a strong start, taking the first two games of the series. The Wizards only had three games all season where they posted a better mark. "Whoever has been the most physical team has won every game." .

The Wizards responded with more energy after halftime, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast-break opportunities.

"I think that's been analyzed and studied since the game was invented". "It just happens. I don't really know the real reason".

Wizards: Fell to 2-9 all-time on the road in the playoffs vs. Celtics. He had 13 points. While both teams strut at home but stagger on the road, the postseason has favored the road warriors.

Wizards guard Brandon Jennings is hounded by Celtics defenders during Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday night.

Bradley eclipses previous playoff-high of 24 points.in the first half.

"We had no answers for those guys".

Celtics fans chanted "We want Oubre!"

Kelly Olynyk (41) is fouled by the Wizards' Kelly Oubre Jr.

If the Wizards are going to have a chance to prolong the series, Brooks said they would have to start by limiting turnovers and Boston's 3-pointers. "Hopefully, the other guys miss shots like they've been doing". Boston can not allow the Wizards to push them around down low and get to those "50-50" balls. We knew they were going to come out aggressive, and they did.

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