Bradley Stuns Wizards as Celtics Win-Lead Series 3-2

In the case of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, they got a convincing home win in Game 5 without star point guard Isaiah Thomas' best effort. They have to keep guys like Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Al Horford, who shot 3-of-4 from three in Game 5, in check otherwise they will be in trouble. Superstar Isaiah Thomas contributed with 18 points and a game-high 9 assists.

According to, National Basketball Association teams trailing 3-2 in a second-round series win Game 6 at home 50 percent of the time but have just a 4-73 record in the series.

"My mindset was just to come out and be aggressive", Bradley said. "We've got to just defend". The home team has won the first five games so if that pattern continues, John Wall and the Washington Wizards will be trying to answer the beat down that they got at the hands of Boston last time out. If the Celtics can advance past the Wizards, they will take home advantage into a Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It won't matter the location if the Celtics' role players produce as they did in the previous meeting. Even as the Celtics desired to push the pace on nearly every possession, the Wizards' defense trailed behind these transition plays.

During the first quarter of the game, Celtics already showcased a strong performance as they got an early 16-0 running which helped them dominate the game over the past four quarters.

At this point, I'm not really sure if the Wizards benefit more from a game where lots of calls are made or one where the referees try to swallow their whistles. If game seven is necessary, it will be on Monday in Boston.

He said he's found maturity to step back and not force plays that he might not have had earlier in his career.

Conversely, the Celtics are on just an 8-7 SU run in road games that immediately follow a SU win at TD Garden, but remain -360 favorites on the series prices ahead of Friday's clash.

Just when it looked like the Washington Wizards had the Boston Celtics all figured out, things changed once again in Game 5.

John Wall led the Wizards with 21 points, and Bradley Beal had 16.

After the score was tied at 12 midway through the first quarter, the Wizards went on a 22-0 run, put the game out of reach, and cruised to a 116-89 victory on Thursday night at Verizon Center.

Thomas had one field goal in the first half, but the Celts took a 67-51 lead into the locker room.

After falling behind by two games, the Celtics dispatched the Bulls by taking four straight, including an elimination game in Chicago.

Oubre finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes Wednesday night. They made adjustments. It's something they must have seen on the film, and they killed us with it in the first quarter. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing six rebounds. If you listen to enough post-game press conferences, you'll wish you had a dollar for every time someone says that it's "a make-or-miss league". "All we can do is focus on Game 6 at home", Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal told reporters. Executing, stay poised. We know they might go on runs but we just gotta stick together because, at the end of the day, we're all we got.

Boston fell behind 4-0 before scoring the next 16 points.

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