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The Boston Celtics face their toughest test against the Washington Wizards

The Boston Celtics face their toughest test against the Washington Wizards

The Boston Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7. Washington's starters played well and the Wizards led much of the third, but late in the third the bench came in - Smith blew a defensive coverage within seconds of entering the game - and Boston closed the quarter on a 13-3 run to lead 85-79 after three.

Beal led the Wizards, who have not reached the conference finals since 1979, with 38 points, 18 in the final 16:06. Otto Porter Jr added 20 points while John Wall and Markieff Morris scored 18 each.

Isaiah Thomas did some homework prior to Monday night's Game 7 victory over the Washington Wizards, taking in one of Boston's most memorable Game 7 wins in recent history. As we go into [Tuesday's practice], the most important thing the coaches can do - the assistant coaches that have already worked on the scouting stuff ahead of time and myself - is to make it as simple as possible in a short turnaround, which is easier said than done against these guys. John Wall and Co. were never able to get over the hump as the Celtics kept them at an arm's length the rest of the way, hitting timely baskets again and again.

Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points, respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime.

Kelly Olynyk made some nice contributions in the fourth quarter and the Wizards continued to find themselves down by several points. However, Beal's play at home compared to on the road is like night and day.

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The series matches up the top 2 seeds in the conference this season, with Boston holding home court advantage by virtue of ending the regular season 2 games better than Cleveland to secure the top seed.

In a series filled with blow-outs, flagrant fouls, and missing teeth, Game 7 looks to be the climax of this series. After the game, he was as critical of the Celtics players as ever.

Isaiah Thomas had 29 points and 12 assists for the Celtics.

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"I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game", Washington coach Scott Brooks said.

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We have seen that each game in this series has been decided by what Thomas does.

Game 2: Friday, May 19 at Boston, 8:30 p.m. "They're easier to prepare because it's kind of you have to go out there and give it everything you have".

This combined with Avery Bradley averaging 28 points a game should ring warning bells for Wizards fans far and wide. "They really gave us a great fight game after game after game after game, so I think that they have a good chance".

The best-of-7 series begins Wednesday.

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