Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
This was supposed to be the game for John Wall and his crew made history, instead the history became quite the same courtesy of a career night from the Celtics Kelly Olynyk and a 115-105 victory over the Wizards in Game 7.
Olynyk scored 12 of his career playoff high 26 points over a three-and-a-half-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as the Celtics emerged the winners of the battle that has lasted two weeks.
After the game, Olynyk commented on his play and the help that the bench provided him and the rest of the team.
“We needed it. That’s a tough team we played seven tough games against and they can score. We needed to help out the starters, help out Isaiah. He has been putting us in really good positions and that type of attention they were drawing to him, he was getting rid of it and putting us in great positions and we had to make plays. That’s what we tried to do,” said Olynyk.
Washington had several opportunities to stay alive in this game that included when they had a 79-76 lead at the 2:00 mark of the third quarter, Boston jumped back on the physical side of the game and went on a 18-2 run over the next 4:00 minutes of the game to take its largest lead of the game, 94-81.
Scott Brooks said that his team did not do a great job in getting back in the rotations and Olynyk hit some big shots when he needed to that put us back down and made it tough for us to get the looks we needed.
The 29 points by Thomas and 26 points by Olynyk are the first time in that Boston has had two players score 25+ points since the 2009 Playoffs.
Boston will now face the well rested Cavs on Wednesday night and the Wizards will take their late night flight home and look for some answers.