How Celtics immediately sucked life out of Wizards in Game 5

In such cases, it helps to have a veteran to keep the team focused, and it appears the 30-year-old Horford played that role Wednesday night: The C's outscored the Wizards by one in the third quarter to prevent any comeback and take a 3-2 lead in the second-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

Game six is Saturday morning (AEST) in Washington, where the Wizards easily won their two games.

If not, at least Game 7 is back in Boston. After being plus-26 in the previous two wins, the Wizards didn't create any separation this area as the margin was 48-45 in favor of the Celtics.

The final stanza saw the Celtics go on an 11-0 run in the first 3 minutes.

Bradley scored 25 points in the first half - a career high for an entire postseason game - and finished the game with 29.

After John Wall hit the first shot of the game, none of his points came easy. Washington should win Game 6, and goodness only knows how a Game 7 in Boston would play out.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas said he predicted a big game for Bradley, his backcourt partner.

Jae Crowder (18 points, eight rebounds), Al Horford (19 points, seven assists) and Amir Johnson (eight points, five rebounds) also had good games.

In addition to the turnovers that have kept the Celtics from getting into an offensive rhythm and prevented them from setting up defensively in the halfcourt, the ability to score when Isaiah Thomas isn't dominating has been a major question mark.

Bill Belichick is elusive when it comes to the media, but it's not out of the ordinary to see him and other members of the New England Patriots at Celtics games. If the Celtics can advance past the Wizards, they will take home advantage into a Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I can never keep up with what we're going to wear game-to-game". "If we cut that in half, it's a tie game (early)". This season, Horford averaged 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists, and while those numbers are up in the playoffs, his greatest strengths aren't always captured by traditional stats.

John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points and Bradley Beal followed with 16, but neither were efficient enough to spark any kind of run from Washington. The bottom line is that the Wizards came out a little slow and it cost them against a much more desperate Celtics outfit, but I think the Wizards will return the favor with another win and cover at home where they have already blown them out twice in this series alone.

One major difference in Game 5 for the Celtics was a much better start. Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25!

"We had an off-shooting night", said Washington head coach Scott Brooks.

If the Celtics win Friday, they would open against Cleveland on Monday. Well, if there was ever a performance to give them supreme confidence going forward, it was Wednesday night. They proved they could do so Wednesday night, and now they'll have to do it again in a hostile environment.

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