"It was kind of copy-catting what we did", said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game dubbed the "Funeral Game" between these teams that are building a rivalry.
The Celtics will need a productive Brown to close out the Wizards in Game 6 and if they advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
John Wall's go-ahead three-pointer with just 3.5 seconds remaining at Verizon Center saw the Wizards level the series at 3-3.
Trailing the Boston Celtics 91-89 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall wasn't really interested in overtime.
INJURY UPDATE: Celtics G Avery Bradley, who's been dealing with hip issues during the series, sure seemed OK while scoring 29 points in Game 5, including 25 in the first half on 10-of-13 shooting. The backcourt mates combined for 23 of Washington's 26 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter. Then came Beal's only 3-pointer of the game after the Celtics had moved in front, 87-82, on a jumper and 3-pointer from diminutive but dynamic point guard Isaiah Thomas.
While he didn't score, Brown filled the stat sheet in other categories, even making a highlight reel out-of-bounds save and pass to a streaking Avery Bradley. It's definitely not a Game 7. The victor will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals starting Wednesday.
Brown's minutes have been inconsistent in this series against the Washington Wizards, but Game 5 marked a clear departure from Brad Stevens' regular rotation as Brown was the first player off of the bench. After the Wizards won Games 3 and 4 by 27 and 19 points, respectively, the Celtics roared back with a 123-101 victory in Boston on Wednesday.
"We put ourselves in position to win the game", said Al Horford, whose 16-foot baseline bank shot with 7.7 seconds left gave Boston its last lead at 91-89. "At the end of the day, you'll live with a John Wall contested 3-pointer from deep". Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field. A poor performance from Jae Crowder in Game 4 might have been the reason Stevens allocated more minutes to Brown.
Prince Philip retires from royal duties, says "I can't stand up much'"
He will attend previously scheduled engagements until August, and would not accept any new invitations thereafter. They were all carried out in Britain as Queen Elizabeth and her husband have cut down their overseas travel.
Whether or not actual handshakes will take place between teams that dislike one another so much following Monday's Game 7 will be an interesting footnote to a series that has been hostile. To have Game 7 back in Boston in the Garden.
Celtics: Their halftime lead was the visitors' first since edge since 2-0 on Horford's basket.
The first round of the 2015 playoffs was a long, long time ago.
Wizards: Had lost seven consecutive elimination games at home. Washington is 6-0 at home during the playoffs and 5-0 against Boston this season. F Otto Porter Jr. had zero points.
The home team is 9-0.
"A lot of winning plays by both guys", Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said.
Wall shook off a slow start to finish with 26 points, and said the Celtics wearing black as they entered the arena was in his mind the whole game.