- With the Wizards' season on the line, John Wall drained the biggest shot of his career.
John Wall and the Wizards will live to see another day.
Washington’s All-Star point guard drained a game-winning three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to deliver a 92-91 victory over Boston in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinals series.
Wall shook off a slow start to finish with 26 points (on 9-25 shooting) and eight assists, forcing a Game 7 at Boston’s TD Garden on Monday. After the Wizards got one final stop following Wall’s right-angle three over Avery Bradley, Wall celebrated by jumping on a courtside table and pumping his arms towards the Verizon Center crowd.
"To get on the scorer's table, it's how much love I have for the city, how much love I have for my teammates,” Wall said afterwards. “How much fight we have, never quitting. A lot of people doubted us in this series after we were down 2-0 and a lot of guys doubted us winning this game at home.
"The last two years I was in the playoffs, we lost a Game 6 here. We had a lot of heart. I just want the city to know we love them for all the support they give us. Without their amazing fan support tonight we wouldn't have won this game. All we asked for is one more game, and we got it."
In a post-game interview with ESPN, Wall said he drew motivation from the Celtics’ decision to wear all black clothing to Game 6. The gesture, which imitated a similar move by the Wizards back in January, was as allusion to funeral attire for the possible closeout victory.
“Don’t come to my city wearing all-black talking about [how] it’s a funeral,” Wall said.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks chuckled at the Celtics’ sartorial decision during his post-game press conference.
“I’m going to talk to my lawyers,” he said. “I think we have that trademarked.”
The Celtics will now seek their first trip to the East finals since 2012 at home, where they were 2-0 against Washington during the regular season and 3-0 so far in this second round series. The Wizards are now just one win away from the conference finals for the first time since 1979.