Highlights of Friday's NBA playoff game

Highlights of Friday's NBA playoff game
By Reuters

13/05/2017 at 06:49Updated 13/05/2017 at 06:51

May 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association playoff game:

Wizards 92, Celtics 91

John Wall sank a game-winning three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining as the Washington Wizards forced a Game Seven in the Eastern Conference semi-finals series against the Boston Celtics with a 92-91 victory on Friday.

Wall's heroics came after Al Horford's jumper with 7.7 seconds left put the top-seeded Celtics ahead 91-89.

Washington's Bradley Beal had 33 points and Wall scored 26 despite shooting 9-of-25 from the field.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for the Celtics and Horford finished with 20 points.

Washington, which had lost seven straight elimination games at home, prevailed despite shooting 5-of-24 on three-pointers and 43 percent overall. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field.

Including the regular season, the teams are 10-0 at home in games against each other. Boston hosts Game Seven on Monday. The winner will tip off the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Thomas scored five straight points to put Boston up 87-82 with 1:34 remaining. Washington countered thanks to its dynamic backcourt.

Beal, after missing all seven of his three-point attempts, drained a shot from beyond the arc and Wall tied the game by hitting two free throws with 41.2 seconds remaining.

Markieff Morris had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. The other starting forward, Otto Porter, was scoreless in 36 minutes.

Lopsided results dominated the first post-season series between Boston and Washington since 1984 with each game decided by at least 10 points.

After the Wizards won Games Three and Four by 27 and 19 points, respectively, the Celtics roared back with a 123-101 victory in Boston on Wednesday.

In Game Six, the Wizards found some life in a choppy first half, turning a 28-28 tie into a 40-30 lead on Jason Smith's free throw with 3:46 remaining.

Following three-pointers from Thomas and Horford, Bradley's alley-oop dunk in the closing seconds sent Boston into halftime leading 42-41 despite shooting 35 percent from the field.

Wall continued his trend of slow starts.

After missing his first nine shot attempts in Game Four and opening 1-of-7 in Wednesday's road loss, the four-time All-Star missed 11-of-12 field goals on Friday before hitting three in a row in the third.

He scored 13 in the period as Washington entered the fourth trailing 69-66. (Editing by John O'Brien)

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