Olynyk guides Celtics to Game 7 win over Wizards

It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012.

"Time" in Boston, and Isaiah Thomas delivered again when it mattered most - with a major assist from Kelly Olynyk.

This season, when the Washington Wizards grew in grit and confidence, players often stated the goal of meeting the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Thomas canned back-to-back threes, and Marcus Smart capped the quarter off with one of his own.

"I'm hurting", he said.

The Wizards came up short of becoming the first team in this matchup to win on the opponent's home floor in 2016-17. Teams had previously been 0-10 during the 2017 playoffs. After looking frisky for the first few games of the series, Kelly Oubre inexplicably didn't play tonight, while Ian Mahinmi looked like an oversized fan on the court, picking up four fouls, missing his only shot, and doing nothing to stop the Celtics big men. Boston goes on to meet (gulp) Cleveland in the ECF - and actually own home court advantage. Markieff Morris led all scorers with seven points in the opening frame, while Wall and Beal each contributed five. They held the lead until just over a minute left in the third quarter.

The victor advances to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in the conference finals. The Celtics have the best odds at the No. 1 overall pick in Tuesday's National Basketball Association draft lottery, part of a bountiful return from when they traded Pierce and Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in '13.

As Wizards center Marcin Gortat said, "we tried to figure out this thing in the game really quick, but (Olynyk) just made shots".

Who: Washington Wizards vs.

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Here are some takeaways from the Wizards' 95th and final game of the season. Game 1 will be played at TD Garden in Boston because the Celtics finished two games ahead of the Cavs in the Eastern Conference standings. Washington forward Otto Porter didn't score in Game 6. The Celtics lost season series to Cleveland, 3-1.

"We needed to help the starters, help with Isaiah", he said. "They closers. They proven closers".

"Winning's hard. It's not for everybody", Thomas recalled Pierce telling him.

Aside from fouls, the Celtics especially were troubled in the rebounding department, as the Wizards outrebound the C's 23-14 through two quarters.

The finale of this Eastern Conference semifinals series is Monday (8 p.m. ET, TNT). The Wizards were only 1 of 6 shooting, after four minutes.

All 11 games between these teams in the regular season and postseason - all physical affairs - were won by the home team.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The scoring production of Wall and Beal. Boston's well-balanced offense and tenacious defense down the stretch ultimately was too much for the Wizards to handle, as the Celtics were in total control in the fourth quarter en route to victory.

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