NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics just one win away from Eastern Conference Finals

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) during the second quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, in Boston, Wednesday, May 10.

The way the pendulum swings decisively from one side to the other in the East semifinals between the Wizards and Boston Celtics continues as each game is decided by large margins.

Hey, Bradley Beal, why does the host come out on top every time?

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. Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and handed out nine assists.

"Everyone was prepared", said Bradley.

Isaiah Thomas' Boston Celtics and John Wall's Washington Wizards have built something of a rivalry this season, going back and forth, trading wins on the court and barbs off it, from the "Funeral Game" in January to the lost tooth and ejection of their current playoff series.

If the Celtics can close out this series and move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Bradley will have more opportunities against one of the league's most popular teams to bolster his reputation. Boston hit 16 three pointers and Washington made 7. The Celtics utilized eight different defenders against Wall on Wednesday, holding him to 21 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. "I wanted to make those guys work on both ends of the floor".

The Celtics went on a 16-0 run over a five-minute stretch in the first quarter.

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The Celtics went 16-for-33 from beyond the arc and became the sixth team in National Basketball Association history with at least 10 three pointers in six straight postseason.

How that might change if the two series that are left get to seventh games and there really isn't much to separate San Antonio and Houston and Boston and Cleveland. "The coaches kept saying that, 'Impose your will.' We were the more physical team tonight".

There are no more secrets in this series. His 29 - he rested in the fourth quarter and logged just 30:27 overall - left him one point shy of becoming the first Celtic other than Thomas to score 30 in game since Bradley on October 29 - the third game of the season. Off the bench, Marcus Smart looked like himself once again crashing the boards (he finished with 11 rebounds) and adding nine points.

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

"Next game I might drop 40". For one, in Game 4, the Celtics finished with only 10 fast break points.

Wall may not have caught Thomas even if he went on a dead sprint right away, but either way the Wizards star still should've had more awareness of his point guard counterpart leaking out.

They forced turnovers on the first two possessions, but still couldn't find a rhythm on offense. The Wizards are 5-0 at home this postseason, and 1-5 on the road.

Added Thomas: "We were definitely the hardest-playing team tonight, and it showed". What started as a demand for Oubre to enter the game... "I want to go out there and give my all". "(He made) a couple of plays there that were mistakes, but besides that, he played a really good game defensively". "They made adjustments. It's something they must've seen ont he film and they killed us in the first quarter". "They know who I am, so it's definitely a blessing".

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