Bradley Scores Playoff High 29, Celtics Beat Wizards, Take 3-2 Lead

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Avery Bradley said it was about time he and the other Boston players stepped up to the plate after helping the Celtics take a 3-2 Eastern Conference semi-finals lead in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives the ball against Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) during the second quarter in game five of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

Washington fans booed Olynyk every time he touched the ball in Game 4, but the Wizards' Bradley Beal said he thought Celtics fans took it too far Wednesday night. The Wizards hope to extend the series, which is heading back to Washington with the Celtics up 3-2. "I think it's a good test for us". "I think Kelly did a great job of handling it. We've done a pretty good job on their best player, but not (a) good enough job on the other guys".

As Boston snatched the 3-2 series lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, Washington stands on the brink of elimination, which could come as soon as Friday at home. "Just the amount of people yelling my name, just singling me out is insane".

Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. each had 13 points and Marcin Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds for Washington, which was coming off two straight blowout wins at home in the series.

Bradley, who is playing with a sore hip, scored 25 points in the first half as the Celtics compiled a 22-point half-time lead.

Bradley averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game this past regular season, shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent beyond the arc. Thomas scored 18 points and handed out nine assists.

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The Wizards struggled at defending the three during the regular season, ranking 29th out of 30 teams after the All-Star break in opponent's three-point percentage. "For us to already go through that against a very good team, against an intense crowd".

"Avery was on fire", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. This year's first half looked to be a lottery team but they caught fire and were one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association after the calendar flipped. If game seven is necessary, it will be on Monday in Boston. "Get a win and hopefully come back to Boston".

"Next game I might drop 40".

Wednesday night it was home to one of the best nights of Avery Bradley's career.

Oubre will receive a much warmer welcome when the Wizards return to the friendly confines of Verizon Center for Friday's Game 6.

UNDATED (AP) - The NBA has taken some money from the Boston Celtics' top player. And they literally have nearly three guys on me and there's no way that I can keep going like that. With the series tied at two games apiece, the victor of this game would head into Friday's Game 6 in a good position to close out the series. The Wizards have not lost on their home floor this postseason, and the Celtics know just how hard it is to win down in DC, dropping all four of their contests there this season (the home team is 9-0 overall this season and postseason). The Celtics found themselves down double digits after the first quarter in three of the previous four games, and they led by only four points after the opening quarter of Game 4, a game they wound up losing by 19 thanks to a awful start to the second half.

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