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Best Panda: Bradley Beal carried the Wizards offensively in the third quarter, scoring 13 of Washington’s 24 points.
team in one of the four major sports hasn’t advanced to its league’s conference championship round since 1998.Best run (for now): Washington turned an eight-point deficit into a 12-10 lead with a 10-0 run that would qualify as “modest” in a series in which the Wizards went on a 26-0 run in Game 4.John Wall punctuated the stretch with a dunk in transition.Bradley couldn’t convert the layup, but he was fouled and his two free throws gave Boston a 42-36 lead.Worst big man: Ian Mahinmi didn’t give Washington much off the bench in the early stages of Game 7, offering little resistance defensively inside, clanking a couple of free throws and committing a turnover.The team whose starting backcourt has combined for the most points has won every game in the series.
Best loyalty: Charles Barkley, who has been on the Wizards’ bandwagon since the preseason, isn’t jumping off now.
Of course, that was way back in 1979 and it was at Capital Centre, not TD Garden, which is as loud as it’s been all night.
Best answer: Out of a timeout, the Wizards went on a 7-0 run over the next 71 seconds to trim a 13-point deficit to six with to play.
Best lead: The Celtics led for much of the first half, but the Wizards took a 55-53 advantage into halftime after a fortunate foul call and a pair of free throws by Bradley Beal with six seconds left.
Beal, who scored a game-high 33 points in Game 6, led all scorers with 14 points at halftime of Game 7. Worst flop: It wasn’t as impressive as his dolphin-like tumble in Game 3, but Bradley Beal cracked people up with another meme-worthy flop in the first half.
Worst surprise: Oubre’s nemesis, Kelly Olynyk, scored 12 points off the bench in the first half, two shy of his playoff-high this season.