Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

Avery Bradley and Isiah Thomas were both out to a great start. The final score was 123-101. So far, they are 5-0 on their home floor in the playoffs.

As Boston snatched the 3-2 series lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, Washington stands on the brink of elimination, which could come as soon as Friday at home. "You've got to be prepared for anything".

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre will return for Game 5 after serving a one-game suspension for shoving Celtics center Kelly Olynyk in Game 3.

Bradley channeled those feelings into one of his best performances of that series, scoring a game-high 23 points.

The Wizards would never threaten the rest of the way, trailing by as much as 26 points in the fourth quarter. Thomas has averaged 20 points and eight assists on 38.9% shooting in those games. "He played through it. And we need that from him". He put his injuries aside and laced his shoes up and played.

The Celtics big man dominated on both ends of the floor, altering and blocking shots at the rim. The Celtics needed 6 games to get past the Chicago Bulls in the first round while the Wizards also took 6 to get past the Atlanta Hawks, so anything is possible in this game.

Gortat: I laughed him off. Avery Bradley approached me last game, and said that if I set one more screen, he's going to beat me up.

Thomas's running mate Al Horford was perhaps the Celtics best player tonight. "I want to go out there and give my all".

He'd already made up his mind to do so.

Thomas took only four shots in the first half.

The Wizards seemed poised to do so, arriving at TD Garden after back-to-back blowouts in D.C. Surely sleeping in their own beds, driving their own cars and being in their own environment couldn't make that much of a difference. Two days of vengeance plotting helped his head. "I wanted to be aggressive".

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"I'm versatile", Thomas said with a smirk after the win.

A loss would send the series back to Boston for a Game 7 on Monday, where the victor goes on to play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LINE HISTORY: The Wizards opened as 4.5-point home favorites with their backs against the wall in Game 6, and by Thursday evening that spread was bumped up to -5.

Yet Bradley was unbelievable offensively Wednesday night, making 10-of-13 shots for 25 points in the first half alone. That's a big key. "But I have passion for every single game".

-The Wizards have yet to win a playoff game in Boston since 1982. "We've got to come out desperate, so to speak".

NOTES: Celtics G Isaiah Thomas was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" in Washington during Game 4. John Wall scored 12 points after being held to two in the opening 12 minutes.

It's just not quite clear how related these two facts are - so bear with us as we dive in. "Tonight it happened to be me".

KEEP AN EYE ON: Isaiah Thomas' free-throw attempts.

"We just gotta stay in the moment", Thomas said of Friday's Game 6.

Bradley simply proved the theory correct.

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