Celtics put together strong team effort to win again at home

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas made his expletive-laced remark to the spectator during Boston's 121-102 loss to the Washington Wizards last Sunday, a defeat that left the sides level at 2-2 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round series. The Celtics bigs outplayed the Wizards bigs and though Marcin Gortat still grabbed 11 boards, he was ineffective for much of the game.

Kind of like the "walk-off" hit in baseball and the "edge" pass-rusher in football, the "two-way player" in basketball is one of those sports terms that seemingly popped up out of nowhere in recent years and quickly became one of the media's favorite phrases.

On Saturday, may 13, "Washington" in the sixth match of the series will take the "Boston".

With Al Horford on his way to 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting) and Jae Crowder en route to 18, the Wizards were being made to pay for their attention to Thomas.

Boston won each quarter, and had four of their starting lineup score at least 18 points.

"We're a team. And it's going to take a team effort to beat the Washington Wizards", Bradley said. They now stand one win away from a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

If the Wizards protect homecourt they'll have another opportunity at redemption in Game 7 on Monday. In Boston's three wins, Wall has a plus/minus of minus-17.

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Avery Bradley had a career evening with 29 points on 12-for-19 shooting.

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Oubre will receive a much warmer welcome when the Wizards return to the friendly confines of Verizon Center for Friday's Game 6. Last Wednesday, the Boston Celtics celebrated their ninth victory over the Wizards on their home court.

"He's a great defender, and has a knack for the ball", Wizards guard Bradley Beal said of Bradley.

Three different players recorded at least five assists.

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. "The coaches kept saying that, 'Impose your will.' We were the more physical team tonight". "Throughout this whole series, whoever's the most physical team has won every game".

The Celtics' lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter. "I told him before the game that I believe in him and he's going to have a big game, and he did". He responded by going 10-13 from the field and 4-5 from three. Butler also finished 23 points, but had only six after halftime.

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Wizards fans made certain Olynyk heard their thoughts, booing him throughout the Wizards victory and chanting " Kelly Oubre! ". Washington coach Scott Brooks was asked Tuesday about what advice he had for Oubre. "You can't worry about who's not playing".

Wizards teammate John Wall, however, didn't think they were going to hear "those types of words".

They forced turnovers on the first two possessions, but still couldn't find a rhythm on offense.

Known for his defense, Bradley's career-high in the playoffs was 24 points.

Thomas said the coaching staff did a good job of getting them ready for game five.

Thomas wanted to make sure everyone knew that this was not about individuals. "We want Oubre!" at times during the first quarter.

As the game wore on and Boston extended its lead, the fans at the Garden resumed chanting at Oubre. And they literally have nearly three guys on me and there's no way that I can keep going like that.

"They're doing a good job of changing up their defense a little bit", Beal said. We've got to do a better job of keying on those guys also and not giving them open looks.

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