The Celtics were in front 91-89 with 7.7 seconds to go. Holding a 3-2 series lead, the Wizards were on the brink of elimination on their home floor. Boston even wore black before the game as their own attempt at a "Funeral Game."
Otto Porter unbounded the ball to John Wall, the exact player Washington wanted to have the ball with the game on the line. He took two hesitation dribbles, pulled up and knocked down a go-ahead three with All-NBA defender Avery Bradley in front of him.
Wizards win 92-91 and force a Game 7 in Boston.
"I take the shot, and it goes in," Wall said. "And in my mind, you see my face it just locks in and I'm like, 'I made the biggest shot of my life.'"
The play wasn't initially drawn up for Wall. Right as Porter received the ball from the referee, Bradley Beal began to come off a screen from Marcin Gortat around the top of the key.
Beal struggled to get open right away, so Wall shot up from the right corner to get the ball before a five-second violation. Beal managed to get himself free from Marcus Smart for a moment, but by then Wall was into his second dribble right before his pull-up jumper.
Pull-up threes off the dribble aren't necessarily Wall's strength, especially during the 2016-17 season. During the regular season, Wall shot 19% (4-21) on pull-up threes after two dribbles. He shot 28.9% (11-38) if you include threes off of one dribble.
But the stats don't take into account the clutch gene, and Wall certainly tapped into his on this unforgettable shot.
Unfortunately for him and the Wizards, this was the last great moment they had that season. They'd go on to lose Game 7 in Boston thanks to a 29-point, 12-assist performance from Isaiah Thomas and a 26-point explosion out of Kelly Olynyk.
Boston then lost to the Cavs in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals, getting blown out in three of their four losses that series and lost Thomas to a hip injury during Game 2.
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