For a series where the home team has reigned supreme, the Washington Wizards continued that trend in spectacular fashion Friday night.

 

A game that featured wire-to-wire action was capped off by a John Wall pull up three pointer with 3.2 seconds left that gave the Wizards a 92-91 victory in Game 6 of this Eastern Conference Semi- Final Series.

 

Leading up to that go ahead shot by Wall, the Wizards and Boston Celtics traded clutch baskets throughout the final minutes of the fourth quarter. This was highlighted by a key exchange with less than a minute left in the game where Bradley Beal, Isaiah Thomas, John Wall and then Al Horford had all scored on consecutive possessions to give the Celtics a 91-89 lead down the stretch.

 

Then came the shot.

 

After Horford banked in a mid-range jumper to give Boston the two-point lead, there were 7.7 seconds left for John Wall to give Washington, D.C. some late game magic.

 

After a timeout that advanced the ball past half-court, Wall caught the sideline out of bounds pass and took his 8 for 24 shooting performance to a heroic 9 for 25 with one shot. Guarded by Avery Bradley, who had hounded him the entire night, Wall sized him up with a setup dribble in his left hand, rose up over the outstretched hand of Bradley and knocked down the biggest shot of his NBA career with 3.2 seconds left.

 

(Bullets Forever)

The crowd went into a frenzy after the shot as Wall started into the stands with his chest out and his arms flexed, taking in the moment. However, there were those three seconds left and the Wizards had to quickly regroup and try to lock in on defense to stop the Celtics and more specifically Isaiah Thomas from scoring.

 

Up to that point, Thomas had 27 points and 10 in the fourth. After Wall had hit the shot, you could see a sly smile for on the face of Thomas as he fist bumped his teammates knowing that one final possession was to come.

 

After the timeout, the Celtics, inbounding right near their bench, had a lob play setup that used Thomas as a decoy to eat up a lob in the post to Kelly Olynyk. As it turned out, the play was there, but with a foul to give, the Wizards would use it to prevent Olynyk from getting the shot  off with 1.7 seconds left.

 

After that play, the world knew the ball was going to Thomas and when it got into his hands, he took an off balance three over two defending and saw the ball hit off the back of the rim.

 

The miss triggered an explosion from the crowd and an epic John Wall leap onto the scorer’s table to cap off his heroic night and completely soak in the energy from the fans and showered him and the Wizards with cheers of elation.

 

After the game, Wall took the time to stay on the court, even after interviews, to completely take in the moment and show appreciation to the fans who he said have been incredible all season.

 

With Game 7 on Monday, Wall and the Wizards will have a day or two to enjoy the moment and prepare themselves for the emotion that will be spewing out of Boston in the biggest game of the year.

 

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