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Celtics end Wizards' season in Game 7, 115-105

May 16, 2017
#WizCeltics Game 7 Photos |  Box Score

The Wizards forced a Game 7 thanks to John Wall's heroic shot in Game 6, but the Celtics took the series on Monday night in Boston, 115-105. The Celtics used efficient fourth quarter offense to take down the Wizards in what was an exciting game to conclude an intense series. Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with a postseason career-high 38 points, while Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, and John Wall all had big games. It was the Celtics' offensive efficiency and roster depth that ultimately won them the series. 

Here are some takeaways from the Wizards' 95th and final game of the season.

Beal goes for 38

Bradley Beal was almost unstoppable for a second straight game, scoring a postseason career-high 38 points on 12/22 overall shooting, 5/10 from beyond the arc, and 9/10 from the free throw line. Beal almost singlehandedly kept the Wizards afloat late in the second half, hitting big shot after big shot. He had 24 of his 38 points in the second half and made nine of his final 14 field goals. Considering Beal was struggling with his 3-point shot all postseason, Game 7 offered another look at how great of a scorer the 23-year old has become. 

Wall, Porter, Morris pace offense with Beal

John Wall struggled to end the game, but it doesn't take away from the incredible season and postseason Wall had. He would finish with 18 points and 11 assists for another double-double on Monday night. Otto Porter Jr. had a postseason career-high 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting and a perfect 8/8 from the charity stripe. He grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double and played tough defense most of the game. Porter took a big jump this season on both ends of the court, and Game 7 was a showcase of that effort. Keef Morris, who has been battling an ankle injury all series, had another important performance with 18 points and nine rebounds. Morris has been the enforcer of this team all season, and he had some big moments in Game 7.

Points in the paint, bench points 

After the Wizards dominated the paint most of the series, it was the Celtics who outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint in Game 7. Boston made 29 of their 40 shots in the paint area, while Washington only made 20 of 35 in the paint. The Wizards won the rebounding battle pretty handedly, but their interior defense lacked at times in this game. 

Kelly Olynyk was the unsung hero for the Celtics, making 10 of 14 shots and scoring 26 points off the bench. Overall, the Celtics' bench outscored the Wizards' 45-5, which showed the difference in depth between the two teams. Olynyk's performance lifted the Celtics in the fourth quarter especially, and the Wizards could not get enough stops late to win the series.

INACTIVES

Wizards – Chris McCullough, Daniel Ochefu 

Celtics – Demetrius Jackson, Jordan Mickey  

WIZARDS STATS   

Shooting %: 45.0% (36/80)

3-point %: 34.5% (10/29)

FT %: 79.3% (23/29)

Assists: 18

Rebounds: 43 (10 OREB)        

Turnovers: 15

CELTICS STATS   

Shooting %: 53.2% (42/79)

3-point %: 42.3% (11/26)

FT %: 80.0% (20/25)

Assists: 27

Rebounds: 31 (4 OREB)        

Turnovers: 8

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