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Maybe not. But neither is a Washington team that pulled out a one-point win in Fridays Game 6, becoming the first home team to stave off elimination on its home floor this postseason. He scored 12 of his 26 points in a three and a half minute stretch in the fourth quarter. After looking frisky for the first few games of the series, Kelly Oubre inexplicably didn't play tonight, while Ian Mahinmi looked like an oversized fan on the court, picking up four fouls, missing his only shot, and doing nothing to stop the Celtics big men.

The best-of-seven series is now tied, 3-3.

His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career.

John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead points, then hopped atop the scorer's table and yelled to celebrate the Washington Wizards' 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night that pushed their Eastern Conference semifinal to a Game 7.

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"He's such a great guy getting to the rim and getting downhill on guys", Boston's Jae Crowder said. "And we came out on top". Overall, the Celtics' bench outscored the Wizards' 45-5, which showed the difference in depth between the two teams. He had 24 of his 38 points in the second half and made nine of his final 14 field goals.

"We have to be a defensive team tonight", Coach Scott Brooks said on Wednesday morning.

Gortat will be needed in Game 7 and Washington can definitely afford to get him involved in the offense more. The victor will advance to the conference finals where the defending National Basketball Association champions Cleveland Cavaliers lie in wait. It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012.

"The 12 to 2, assist to turnover, you know, is just as powerful as the 29 points", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Thomas had five assists, more than Washington's entire team (four) in the period. It also marked the latest big performance by Thomas, in a playoff run that began in the haze of his younger sister's death in a auto accident.

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"That says a lot about the team we are and we believe in each other", Thomas said. He declared "legends are born" in Game 7s and spent all weekend thinking about the importance of the moment. I wasn't able to play against the 76ers in the second round but when we went to Game 7 against [Miami] I know that was our mindset; We weren't gonna settle. However, Beal's play at home compared to on the road is like night and day. F Otto Porter Jr. had zero points.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics. He dominated, launching daggers left and right during the Celtics' 18-2 run to open the fourth and grab their first double digit lead of the night.

Forget about Boston's franchise history of success in Game 7s. Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier both played 11 minutes but did not score and Marcus Smart played a whopping 28 minutes and scored just one point on 0-3 shooting.

That's when Olynyk went to work and ensured Boston's spot in the conference finals. Shooting guard Bradley Beal is averaging 23.8 points per contest, making 46.4 percent of his shots.

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The victor will want to be at full strength for the finals against the Cavaliers but the possibilities of scuffles and technical fouls to earn players suspensions is a very real possibility this series. "He was the difference today - a huge difference".

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