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

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

Boston was awesome, frankly, led by Avery Bradley, who scored a playoff career-high 29 points, 25 of which came in the first half.

The Celtics took game 5 easily with a blowout win of their own, winning 123-101 to send the series back to Washington, a place they have not won a game at all season long.

Al Horford delivered 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting and had seven assists and six rebounds while the Wizards concentrated on stopping Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics will go for their first road win of the series and the clinching victory when they visit the Washington Wizards for Game 6 on Friday. However, I still feel like the Celtics are the better team overall and I have to stick to my guns about turning down free points with the better team. "I think Kelly (Oubre) did a great job of handling it", Wall said.

"As a basketball player, you got to read what the defense is giving you, and they're really having two to three guys on me at all times", said Thomas, who had a game-high nine assists Wednesday.

The Boston Celtics entered Wednesday's crucial Game 5 against the Washington Wizards looking to get off to a fast start. They now stand one win away from a date with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Boston-Washington series goes seven games, the victor meets the Cavaliers next Wednesday.

Oubre returned to action in Game 5 after serving a suspension in Game 4 for charging at the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk and knocking him to the ground by burying his forearm in the big man's chest in Game 3. If they exited the game with a win, they would have the Celtics right where they wanted them, facing elimination. Washington has an edge when they're all fired up, so that has to be their goal in Game 6.

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But before most fans even had time to get back to their seats, Nicklas Backstrom brought the lead to 3-0 just 16 seconds in. Then, in mostly unexpected fashion, the Capitals clawed out victories both at home and on the road to force a Game 7.

The Celtics' lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter.

A similar question was put to Wizards coach Scott Brooks on Thursday, when his team opted to skip a full practice and instead have a light shootaround. The Wiz have done a better job containing Isaiah Thomas since his 53 point Game 2 performance as he was held under 20 points in games three, four, and five.

In Game 2, the Celtics needed 53 points from Isaiah Thomas to pull off the victory.

"We definitely got some momentum, we just gotta take care of business", Thomas said. We've got to play better, but they played well. In the beginning of the series, Washington lost their grip as Boston handed them a loss in the first two games. Instead, Wall took a poor angle and made a half-hearted attempt to stop Crowder. In the first two games of the series, Boston had been outscored by 27 combined points in the first quarter and allowed an average of 40 points.

Game 5 was never in doubt. Maybe they'll have something clever for him instead of just booing every time he touches the ball, but after Wednesday night's outrage at Boston's potty mouths, it will probably be something cordial and respectful. Also, a home team has not won every game in a seven game series since 2008. "You have to keep things simple.Defense is his specialty". "I told him before the game that I believe in him, and he's gonna have a big game, and he did".