(Updated 5/13/2017) John Wall drilled a game-winning three-pointer to save the Washington Wizards’ season and cap a nail-biting victory over the Boston Celtics, 92-91, in Game Six of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 12 in Washington, D.C.
Wall’s shot sent the series to a deciding Game 7, set for Monday, May 15 in Boston.
The Celtics led by five points with 1:34 left in the game after guard Isaiah Thomas nailed a 25-foot three-point shot. But Wizards guard Bradley Beal followed up with a 26-foot three-pointer of his own to cut that lead to two, and Wall then made two clutch free-throws to tie the score at 87-87 with 41 seconds left.
Celtics guard Avery Bradley scored an amazing corner bucket to push the Celtics back ahead, 89-87, but Beal responded once more with a big shot to lock the score back up at 89.
Boston head coach Brad Stevens then proved why he’s considered one of the most creative play-callers in the NBA. Stevens set up the perfect in-bound play that delivered Celtics forward Al Horford an open jumper to give Boston a 91-89 lead with seven seconds left.
On the Wizards’ next possession, Wall pulled up off the dribble for a three-point shot from 26 feet, right in the face of Celtics guard Avery Bradley, to steal the victory.
Wall’s late-game heroics erased a struggling first half performance; the All-Star point guard had just three points at halftime. But he scored 13 points in the third quarter and 10 more in the fourth to finish with 26 points and eight assists.
Beal finished with a game-high 33 points, and forward Markieff Morris added a double-double of 16 points with 11 rebounds.
Thomas and Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics, while Horford added 20 points.
Next: Game Seven is back in Boston on Monday, May 15.