Wizards win on Wall's 3-pointer, forcing Game 7

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"All we asked for is a Game 7 ... all we have is one game left before we go to the conference finals". However, on Friday, Smith had to be pleased the Wizards were able to get the win, keeping his prediction alive for atleast another couple of days, even if it resulted in him on the receiving end of what looks to be a pretty hard slap.

The Celtics' shooting in the first quarter was even worse.

Boston, which won Game 5 at home by 22 points, led Game 6 by 69-66 entering the fourth quarter, when a relatively blah game became much more compelling. The teams went back and forth trading leads all the way until the end of regulation. "It was kind of copy-catting what we did", said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game between these teams that are building a rivalry.

They squandered a double-digit lead, and Wall had made just one of his first 12 shots. That was his first three all game. But earlier in the regular season, the Wizards, who were beefing with the Celtics already, made a decision to break it out in an ordinary game. Oubre heard obscene chants directed his way in Boston after getting ejected from Game 3, then suspended, for shoving Olynyk after a pick.

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The Wizards continued to hang around though.

After the Wizards' 92-91 victory, Wall offered his thoughts on the Celtics' failure to back up their fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night.

In a Last 2 Minute report, the National Basketball Association acknowledged the Celtics should have had an extra second for a final shot opportunity in Game 6 vs. the Wizards. Thomas then hit a three over Wall to give the Celtics a 87-82 lead with under two minutes remaining and the Wizards looked dead in the water. In game 6, the Celtics bench contributed just 5 points. Moments later, Wall hit two free throws to tie the game at 87.

In the end it was a hard-fought game that ended other than the way you hoped but if you step back a minute what did it really come down to? Isaiah Thomas missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer and Washington Wizards survive another game to force a decisive Game 7. But Boston's Marcus Smart disrupted Beal's path around a Marcin Gortat pick, leaving inbounds passer Otto Porter standing helplessly along the sideline with the ball in his hands and the five second count ticking perilously low.

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The Celtics players each arrived tonight wearing black, in what seemed to be a callback to the regular season game a few months ago when the Wizards wore all black to what they called a "funeral" game for the Celtics. The victor will be decided in Boston on Monday evening. Wall scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half. Beal who was aggressive throughout helped Wizards regain the lead in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Bradley jumped out at Wall and contested the shot, which still hit nothing but net.

The Celtics' unstated message: "We're going to bury the Wizards". They want to be seen as one of the best teams in the East.

It's a shot he had taken exactly six times in his career-a three-pointer to put his team on top with less than 10 seconds remaining-and he had never landed it before. He may have struggled out of the gates, but Wall put together another clutch performance in these playoffs.

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