John Wall's Last Second Three-Pointer Gives Wizards Game 6

Beth Cruz
May 15, 2017

Boston arrived in Washington for Game 6 all in black and it backfired on them as John Wall and company played with a lot of emotion as their backs were to the, well, wall.

Boston head coach Brad Stevens proved why he's considered one of the most creative play callers in the National Basketball Association, setting up the flawless in-bound play that gave Celtics forward Al Horford an open jumper that gave Boston a 91-89 lead with seven seconds left.

The Celtics and Wizards will have to settle their series on Monday night in Boston during a Game 7 to see who will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While that series probably needed to go seven games, this one between budding rivals in the Celtics and Wizards absolutely did. Wall finished with 26 points and eight assists and Bradley Beal chipped in with 33 points.

They say anything can happen in a Game 7, and that certainly rings true for the upcoming contest at TD Garden in Boston. The splits for Avery Bradley (20.3 ppg vs.13 ppg) and Al Horford (18.3 ppg vs. 15.7 ppg) are also noteworthy. But that's when Wall pulled up off the dribble with a three-point shot from 26 feet, right in the face of Celtics guard Avery Bradley to steal the victory.

The NBA released its Last Two Minute Report for Game 6 of Celtics-Wizards. No matter how many points he could put up in a single game - he's averaging 27.9 this postseason after 23.1 in the regular season - if he couldn't get a basket when the Wizards needed it the most, nothing else seemed to matter. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Semifinals games.

One second at first feels meaningless, but had the Celtics been given 2.7 seconds to run a play instead of 1.7, they may have had time to get a better look.

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