Celtics seeking validation against Cavaliers in East finals

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Bradley Beal led the Wizards, playing their first Game 7 since 1979, with 38 points - including 24 in the second half. Down by three, Isaiah Thomas hit two 3-pointers and Marcus Smart one in a 1:13 span to put the home team ahead to stay. However, Washington received little from their big man rotation. Marcin Gortat only scored six points and did not have much of a presence in the paint on both ends. James is four minutes away from becoming the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to reach 50K minutes.

"Kelly was the MVP tonight", Thomas said, after he himself tallied 29 points to go along with a game-high 12 assists. Washington got only five. He succeeded in getting John Wall to play like an All-NBA player.

He finished with a double-double of 29 points and 12 assists with just two turnovers. In the regular season against Boston, James averaged almost a 30-point triple double (29.3 points, 9.8 assists, 9.3 rebounds) in the teams' four meetings. Cleveland had eight days of rest in between the end of the first round and the start of the second round, and they'll play for the first time in 10 days when the conference finals start Wednesday night.

The players spent the morning in their usual routine.

Unlike each of their previous series, Cleveland won't have home-court advantage.

If only this morning tranquility could have been prescribed for an evening dosage, when calm words descended into frazzled nerves.

The coverage of the Celtics' backscreening by guards was absent as layups were frequent early on. The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home.




In a game that was close throughout until the Boston Celtics took control starting late in the third quarter. Through this frame, it became clear how the Wizards' defense was not living up to Wall's morning proclamation.

Otto Porter added 20 points. We know they are a unsafe team, and they can shoot 3's.

A further 9-2 run at the start of the fourth maintained Boston's cushion and although Beal was able to keep Washington in touch, Olynyk's inspired display proved the difference.

Throughout the first part of the third quarter, it was the same story, with Washington still clinging to a four-point lead with just over four minutes to go in the frame. Players had to sell out their bodies to compete for rebounds and nearly every trip to the rim ended with someone on the parquet floor. He was the Wizards' catalyst all season long. And with their season in the balance, this instinct showed in the worst time.

The other guy turned out to be Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk, who enjoyed a career quarter in the fourth. All tipoffs are now scheduled for 8:30 p.m. and all games will air on TNT.

Thomas, who is playing with a heavy heart following the death of his 22-year-old sister Chyna in a auto accident at the start of the playoffs, scored 17 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the third quarter.

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