Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
People have been talking for days about the possibility of this series going to Game 7, well tonight, John Wall just made sure of that himself with a three pointer as the clock winded down giving the Wizards a 92-91 Game 6 victory.
After Al Horford banked home a 16-foot jumper with 7.7 seconds to play to snap an 89-89 tie, Wall responded while capping a 26-point night in which he had struggled in making only nine of 25 shots.
Boston had one more chance at the buzzer , but Isaiah Thomas’ shot fell short and that started the celebration for Wall and his team.
Wall finished with 26 points on 9-for-25 shooting and eight assists; Thomas, had 27 points on 8-for-24 shooting and seven assists. Avery Bradley chipped in 27 points for the Celtics, who got just five points from their bench players.
After the game Wall commented on the thinking this would go to Game 7 and what it would take to get that first road victory during the playoffs.
“It’s going to be a tough match-up, you have to give those guys a lot of a credit, they are a very good team and we will have to find a way to make the same energy transfer up there on Monday night,” said Wall.
The Celtics showed up for Friday’s game in all black, mimicking a ploy the Wizards used for a mid-January regular-season matchup. Boston players pleaded ignorance on the fashion statement before Friday’s game, but the significance was obvious: This was a chance to bury the Wizards, a team the Celtics beefed with throughout the 2016-17 season.