Let it be known: if you come to Washington in funerary attire, you better bury John Wall.
The Wizards point guard struggled for large portions of Game 6, but Wallnailed a clutch 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 92-91 win on Friday night and send this second-round Eastern Conference series back to Boston for a Game 7 on Monday.
JOHN WALLISMONEY pic.twitter.com/rQIW1VJNHA
— NBA (@NBA) May 13, 2017
Wall's late-game heroics followed a valiant effort by the Celtics' Al Horford, who made an absurd, off-the-glass jumper to stake Boston to a 91-89 lead. However, Horford had to take the shot with time remaining on the clock, as Washington's Bradley Beal created a two-for-one situation for the Wizards on the previous possession by taking a quick shot to tie the game at 89-all.
His house pic.twitter.com/Amh74Vabx0
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 13, 2017
Coach Scott Brooks should thank Beal for his smart play, as Washington had multiple timeouts on that possession but declined using them to set up that two-for-one scenario.
Wall finished with 26 points on 9-for-25 shooting and eight assists; his Boston counterpart, Isaiah Thomas, had 27 points on 8-for-24 shooting and seven assists. Avery Bradley chipped in 27 points for the Celtics, who got just five points from their bench players.
John Wall: "Don't come to my city, wearing all black, talking about a funeral."
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 13, 2017
Wizards guard Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points on 15-for-26 shooting.
The win was a nice moment of catharsis for Washington fans, who watched the Penguins eliminate the Capitals in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, the same night the Wizards dropped Game 5 to the Celtics (and the Nationals lost, for good measure):
Wizards fans are screaming "THE CURSE IS OVER!!!"
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 13, 2017
The home team has won all six games in this series, a trend that bodes poorly for Washington headed into Game 7 unless Wall can put together another heroic effort, as he did on Friday.