Highlights of Monday's NBA game

Highlights of Monday's NBA game

Highlights of Monday's NBA game

If the Celtics were superstitious, they can nearly lock down the win before they step onto the court, with home teams 101-26 in National Basketball Association seventh games.

Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Kelly Olynyk came off the bench to score 26 points, hitting 14 of them in an exciting fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards 115-105.

"Nobody ever has - but doing our best to leave everything we have out there on the floor", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Reserves Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown scored 12 and nine points, and Boston's bench outscored Washington's bench 48-5. Boston also connected on 11 three-pointers, including eight of 13 in the second half.

"Everyone gave their best tonight, and it turned out well", said Olynyk, who grew up in Kamloops, B.C.

This game comes down to which side can sustain pressure and not succumb to "Game 7 demons" when they face off for the right to take on Cleveland in the Western playoffs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers came out to play from the opening tip and showed everyone who the top dog in the East was.

"They didn't give us a chance [against the Wizards]".

Not since 1979 have the Wizards reached the conference finals, and Wall has made clear he'll consider this season - Brooks' first as the team's coach - a waste of time if they don't get there this time. Kelly Olynyk was next at bat and finished with a career-high 26 points along with four rebounds and four assists.

Thomas led the Celtics with 29 points and 12 assists, while the Wizards didn't have much offensive coherency outside of Beal's shooting.

But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six. Then Olynyk took over. The Celtics are assured of no worse than the fourth pick in Tuesday night's draft lottery as they still reap the benefits of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn.

The first quarter went to the Celtics, but the Wizards were able to keep it close.

Only once during the regular season did the Wizards give up 26 or more points to a bench player, Eric Gordon who dropped 31 for the Rockets on January 2.

The Boston Celtics are hosting the Washington Wizards tonight in NBA Playoff action. The Celtics bench had just 5 points in Game 6. The big man shot 10-for-14 from the field overall and 5 of 6 in the final frame.

Celtics: Improved to 22-8 all-time in Game 7s and 19-4 all-time at home.

"I've never been to the Eastern Conference finals, so this is something off my bucket list", Thomas said. The 7-footer hit two threes, but got many of his points off drives to the rim. They've actually been below average making those open looks (57 percent, league average is 58 percent), but the sheer volume makes up for it. Neither team has won on the other's court this season and Washington hasn't won in Boston since the 2014 regular season.

Game 6 was probably the best contest of the series thanks to John Wall's last second drama.

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