Celtics power past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

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Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points off the bench, Isaiah Thomas added 29 and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 115-105 in game 7 at TD Garden in Boston to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' third consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals will begin away from Quicken Loans Arena, as they will take on the No. 1 seed in the East, the Boston Celtics, in a best-of-seven series starting Wednesday.

It was an incredible well-rounded display from the Celtics' entire rotation, but they were carried on the bouncy manbun of Kelly Olynyk, who had the game of his life. Cleveland won the other games by a combined 35 points, including a 114-91 romp on April 5.

"Everyone gave their best tonight, and it turned out well", said Olynyk, who grew up in Kamloops, B.C. "It was a team effort, hard work".

The Celtics won the first two games of the series, despite falling behind by double-digits early in both cases. So we're not really anxious about him or what they're doing.

Gortat said the Celtics need to find additional ways to win against Cleveland.

Cleveland and Boston last met in the playoffs in 2015, when the Cavs swept the Celtics out of the first round.

But Olynyk believes Boston will have more than a fighting chance of being competitive against the Cavaliers.

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"Our goal is just take him out of the game and just continue to be physical with him", Beal said.

"I'm hurting", he said. I thought he made a lot of great plays.

However this postseason ends for Boston, it looks like just the beginning for the group. "That's a tough team that we played seven tough games against and they can score". Although Beal tried to shoot hope back into his team - scoring 12 points through the fourth quarter - Boston spent the rest of the game delivering the final blow in this rivalry. He canned two 3-pointers during the final six and a half minutes of the game - two daggers that sank deep into the hearts of the visiting Wizards - the second of which was a no-doubter that he followed with three steps toward the basket as he held his swan neck high in the air. "You credit them because they played their tails off".

The Celtics fell behind by six points to the Washington Wizards about halfway through the third quarter of Monday night's Game 7 at TD Garden. They Outscored the Wizards 58-40 in the paint. The only person scoring off the bench for Washington was Bojan Bogdanovic with five points while Marcus Smart scored 13 points alone off the bench for Boston.

A further 9-2 run at the start of the fourth maintained Boston's cushion and although Beal was able to keep Washington in touch, Olynyk's inspired display proved the difference.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, center, drives between Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, left, and center Al Horford during the second quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston.

Thomas led the post-match plaudits.

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