The Boston Celtics hung on as victors of a peculiar back-and-forth Game 7 against Washington Wizards in which backup big Kelly Olynyk heard chants around TD Garden in the final quarter. Isaiah Thomas remained the Celtics' offensive star with 29 points and 12 assists, yet Olynyk was the arrangement sparing MVP no one saw coming.
Olynyk was there at whatever point the Celtics expected to score in the last edge, all around, glimmering the flexibility he can never demonstrate reliably. On Monday, he could, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter as he drove his group to a 115-105 triumph.
He completed the game with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and couldn't miss regardless of who was tossed at him. Marcin Gortat attempted to chase him outside, and by one means or another even Markieff Morris couldn't hold him down in the post.
Skill led the Wizards to a 55-53 halftime advantage, but this series would ultimately be decided by the down-and-dirty side of basketball. Players had to sell out their bodies to compete for rebounds, and almost every trip to the rim ended with someone on the parquet floor. Far too often this year, the Wizards have retreated from this kind of fight if their offense isn’t flowing.