Avery Bradley's defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

The Celtics did a pretty good job of expressing the same sentiment to the whole Wizards team on the court on Wednesday, riding excellent performances from Avery Bradley and Al Horford, as well as a blistering 16-for-33 mark from the 3-point arc, to a dominant 123-101 win to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards meet in game six of the National Basketball Association second round playoffs Friday at the Verizon Center.

Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers.

The Celtics were certainly much at home in the regular season, going 30-11 in Boston compared to a 23-18 record on the road. We caught our first glimpse of it early in the first quarter in Game 5 when Al Horford, who averaged a decent 0.93 points per post-up possession during the regular season, got an opportunity to attack Markieff Morris on the block early in the shot clock.

The hosts started strongly at TD Garden on Wednesday and never looked back, sealing a win which moved them 3-2 ahead in the seven-game series. He scored 25 points in the first half of the game that piled up 22 points against the opponent.

"I was just trying to do whatever I could to win tonight, really".

However, I do expect the home team to prevail in Game 6 of this series. The Wizards are going to be hard to kill as John Wall is a leader who will make sure they fight to the very end.

The home team in each game this series has scored points easily, averaging 122.4 points per contest. Anthony Davis came into the National Basketball Association known primarily as a shot-blocker, he's led the league in blocks twice and finished second in blocks this season to go along with scoring 28.0 points per game, yet he's not always named among the league's top two-way players.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas said he predicted a big game for Bradley, his backcourt partner. Their first quarter burst came after the Wizards scored the first four points of the game. Bradley scored 25 points in the first half. 25! Both times, Smart, a career 29.1% three-point shooter, found the bottom of the net.

"There were a few guys that walked up to me and said 'I think Jimmy had said last game that we can't let guys like Avery Bradley score 20, '" Bradley recalled. While both teams strut at home but stagger on the road, the postseason has favored the road warriors.

Hey, Bradley Beal, why does the host come out on top every time?

This season, the Wizards reversed the losing tide by owning their home court and compiling a streak that extended to 17 consecutive wins inside Verizon Center.

But the Celtics have protected the rim well and Wall and Beal have shot just 47 percent in the paint (down from 60 percent against the Hawks). The Boston Celtics are averaging 107.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. "I want to go out there and give my all". The away team has been largely uncompetitive in nearly every contest, and the location of Game 6 might be the biggest factor when making a prediction for Friday night.

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