Wall hit both free throws, tying the game at 87 and forcing a Celtics timeout. It led to some bad blood between the two teams, with Isaiah Thomas referring to the stunt as "cute" and telling reporters, "It's not like it's a Game 7".
The Boston Celtics are betting favorites over the Washington Wizards in Game 7.
"We're excited", Thomas said.
Maybe not. But neither is a Washington team that pulled out a one-point win in Fridays Game 6, becoming the first home team to stave off elimination on its home floor this postseason.
The home team has won all six games of that series, including five by double digits. All 10 meetings this season have been won by the home team. Boston arrived in Washington for Game 6 all in black and it backfired on them as John Wall and company played with a lot of emotion as their backs were to the, well, wall. In his first season, the Celtics missed the playoffs for the first time since the "Big Three" of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. The Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting for the victor in the Eastern Conference Finals and tonight's victor has to feel positive moving into that series because LeBron James and the Cavs have been sitting around waiting to play.
In Washington, the drought has been much longer. The Wizards haven't reached the Eastern Conference Finals since 1979, when the team advanced to the NBA Finals. The Game 7 over/under is 209.5.
When Washington hosted Boston on January 24, the players dressed in all-black for what they called a "funeral game". Before the Wizards held off the Celtics in Game 6, road teams were 10-1 this year when they had the opportunity to clinch a series. Wall then hit his go-ahead three that gave the Wizards the win.
"He's such a great guy getting to the rim and getting downhill on guys", Boston's Jae Crowder said. They closers. They proven closers.. The Wizards have got a ton of credit slowing down Isaiah Thomas, but the Celtics have done quite a job on John Wall, too. If it was easy it would be..
Game 7 will be determined by which backcourt shows up. Boston's overtime win over Washington in Game 2 was the only other contest that was competitive from start to finish, and even that game was decided by 10 points. As reported by Vegas Insider, the home team has the advantage here, but just by a bit.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The scoring production of Wall and Beal.
INJURY UPDATE: Wizards reserve Bojan Bogdanovic sat out Saturdays practice with the flu. "I wasn't able to play against the 76ers in the second round but when we went to Game 7 against (Miami) I know that was our mindset", he said.
PRESSURE IS ON: Thomas and Wall.
The last shot supposed to go to Bradley Beal who was the most efficient player among the Wizards, as he had 33 points in this one, shooting well, 15 of 26 from the field, but terrible for three points 1 from 8.
Gortat will be needed in Game 7 and Washington can definitely afford to get him involved in the offense more.
After Washington's 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference semifinal, Wall offered his thoughts on Boston's failure to back up its fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night.