The Boston Celtics fell to the Washington Wizards in game 6 — 92-91, Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The game began with both teams struggling with their offense. Both were shooting poorly resulting in a low scoring first quarter. Washington ended the period with a 22-17 lead.
The offense picked up a little for the Wizards for most of the second quarter and they pushed to a 10-point lead, which they held until the 3:03 mark. The Celtics went on a 12-1 run, to end the second and take the lead; 42-41.
The Celtics were fortunate to lead since they shot, a meager, 35 percent in the first half. The Wizards had only shot 42 percent and missed 7 free throw attempts in the half. Their star guard, John Wall scored a terrible 1-9 shooting in the half.
The pace and quality of play picked up in the third quarter. The Celtics began with a 6-2 run, to lead 48-43, with 9 minutes remaining. The Wizards fought back to tie the game at 50-50 and again at 52-52. The Celtics scored 6 straight to lead 58-52 with 5:14 left. The rest of the period was close but Boston held the lead and finished the third ahead; 69-66.
The final period was the most competitive of the series. Both teams picked up the defensive intensity and produced an exciting five ties and nine lead changes in those last 12 minutes. Wizards star John Wall, woke up in the second half, scoring 23 of his 26 points, including the game-winner, with 3 seconds remaining.
The Celtics were led by guards, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, who each scored 27 points. The Wizards high-scorer was guard Bradley Beal, with 33 points.
The series is now tied at three games apiece. The teams will play the deciding seventh game on Sunday, May 14, at the TD Garden in Boston.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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