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Celtics advance to Eastern Conference Finals with 115-105 win over Wizards

Celtics advance to Eastern Conference Finals with 115-105 win over Wizards

Kelly Olynyk put up a playoff career high of 26 points off the bench - including 14 in an incredible fourth-quarter display - while Isaiah Thomas was his usual electric self with 29 points as the Celtics can now get ready for Game 1 of the Eastern finals against the defending champion Cavaliers Wednesday night in Boston.

The Cavs will attempt to win their third consecutive Eastern Conference title and trip to the NBA Finals while it would be the seventh in as many years for LeBron James should Cleveland prevail.

227.7. If things stay true to form, these two teams should have a high-scoring, entertaining set of games, even if the Celtics have no real chance at winning the series.

The Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of their series Monday night in Boston to advance.

Kelly Olynyk was a vital contributor with 26 points off the bench as the Celtics set up a meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston also connected on 11 three-pointers, including eight of 13 in the second half.

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The Wizards would rally to within four, 101-97, on the heels of back-to-back three-pointers by Bradley Beal, including a four-point play.

There were big shots and lots of huge defensive plays made by Smart all game long.

Overall, the Celtics' bench outscored the Wizards' bench 48-5.

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Down just six points, head coach Scott Brooks must have known it was danger time anyway.

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This was a worthy Game 7, a tight, well-fought nerve-wracker that could have gone either way. And then Olynyk took the Celtics home.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, goes down with the ball as Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart defends during the second quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. These numbers are reminiscent of Russell Westbrook's horrifying fourth quarters against the Thunder, only with less scoring.

Win or lose next week against the Cavs, they've done that much this season. Outrebounded the Celtics 43-31.

The Celtics open the Eastern finals against the Cavaliers Wednesday night at TD Garden at 8:30. Bojan Bogdanovic was the only Wizards reserve to score, and he was a minus-19 in 16 minutes. Boston had five players - Thomas, Horford, Bradley, Olynyk and Jaylen Brown - score five points in the opening 12 minutes. In Game 6 Thomas scored more than 20 points for the first time since his 53-point game in Game 2. After a bad turnover by John Wall, Isaiah Thomas drained a deep straightaway three with exactly 10 minutes left, putting the Celtics ahead, 94-81.

He finished the game with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and couldn't miss no matter who was thrown at him.

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