Thanks to John Wall's late-game heroics, the Washington Wizards' season lives on. "So we're excited. I mean, it hurts right now because we just lost".
An extra second is all the time in the world for a guy like Thomas, who came dangerously close to make that contested, fading triple. The play of Thomas and his teammates in Game 7 will not be a deciding factor in whatever route Danny Ainge chooses, but it will undoubtedly give the team's brass plenty to think about. Thomas and Avery Bradley each had 27 points for the Celtics, who have won their last five home games.
Boston's Al Horford knock down what looked to be a potential game victor with 7 seconds to play to give the Celtics an 91-89 lead.
The Wizards have not been involved in a Game 7 since 1979 when they defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Finals, 107-105, from the now-defunct Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
One ugly turnover from the point guard started the collapse with 1:20 remaining and that was followed shortly afterwards by a forced 3-point attempt by Thomas that led to easy points by Wall to tie the game.
Avery Bradley scored 27 points during a Game 6 loss to the Wizards on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
Prior to that game-winning shot, Wall was shooting just 8-of-24 from the field and he had 24 points-13 of those came in the third quarter when he shot 5-of-11.
Beal was the Wizards' only offense to start the fourth quarter.
The Wizards' win continues a home court advantage pattern in the season series between the two teams.
Thomas scored five straight points to put Boston up 87-82 with 94 seconds remaining.
Upon hearing the news, at the time, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas called the Wizards' fashion statement "cute".
But watch the video of that play - the official calls the foul with what looks to me like 2.7 seconds left, but the clock runs another full second before it stops. "That was a huge shot", Boston Coach Brad Stevens said.
It's going to Game 7. This was by far the most competitive game of the series so far and the victor will be determined in Game 7.
"Honestly, I don't even remember the play, man", Wizards power forward Markieff Morris said. Boston is seeking its first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2012. "We realize that there are some things certainly that you can do better throughout the course of the game, but I thought we really competed".