Celtics blow out Wizards, take 3-2 series lead

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley shoots a 3-pointer as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. defends during the second quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Boston Wednesday May 10

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley shoots a 3-pointer as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. defends during the second quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Boston Wednesday May 10

Avery Bradley has been doing all the little things to get the Boston Celtics over the hump this postseason. The Wizards talked about this adjustment after the game and said they would be better prepared in Game 6. "And that's what it's all about". But the Celtics now own a 3-2 series lead and can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win in Washington DC on Friday night.

Now the Washington Wizards are playing the Boston Celtics, and it has not been going as planned for them.

After two games of getting physically outplayed in DC, the Celtics were the aggressors in Game 5, leading Wizards tough guy Markieff Morris to say simply, "They beat our ass".

Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start game one, a 22-0 run in game three and 26-0 burst in game four.

Avery Bradley dropped a playoff career-high 29 points, which was also the most points he's ever scored at the TD Garden. "He put his injuries aside and laced his shoes up and played". If they do not come up with a win in Game 6, and 7, their season will come to an end on the spot, if they make it that far. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.9 points and 5.9 assists while Al Horford is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Jae Crowder and Thomas both compiled 18 points, together with 8 rebounds of Crowder and 9 assists of Thomas.

Thomas and even Celtics TV play-by-play man Mike Gorman texted Bradley prior to this one. Not Thomas. He quickly gets back on course and walks Beal into Gortat, giving Horford the room needed to fire from the range where he's made a living.

Thomas flipped the script on the Wizards in the second half with 13 points and three assists in 16 minutes. And when those missed shots are rebounded, there are now multiple Wizards in the paint, the guard who just took the shot and a big or two trying for an offensive rebound.

Added Wiz coach Scott Brooks, "We had an off shooting night". Al was terrific. We had no answers for those guys. "We did a hell of a job [Wednesday night] first guy to the last guy". The Wizards have to play bigger, and they have to slow down Boston's impeccable ball movement.

A loss would send the series back to Boston for a Game 7 on Monday, where the victor goes on to play LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics have been bad in Washington through two games, averaging just 95.5 points on just 39.7 percent shooting.

Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

John Wall has scored 20+ points in all 11 playoff games, averaging 28.1 points per game this postseason.

The battle in the East continues back in Washington for game six.

Boston Celtics are now one win away from a place in the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics worked their way back into the game and cut it to five at the half, but it was the third quarter when things really got out of hand for the Wizards.

Washington began to assert some dominance at home by taking their physicality to another level and imposing their will on the Celtics.

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