Big game for Beal in loss to Horford's Celtics


Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives past Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the third quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA playoff series Monday in Boston.

The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

In a battle of former UF basketball players, Al Horford's Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Monday over Bradley Beal's Washington Wizards, 115-105, in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.

Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals, where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday. It's the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012.

Beal led the Wizards — who were playing in their first Game 7 since 1979 — with 38 points, including 24 in the second half.

"I don't care how well I played," Beal said afterward. "I don't care if I played bad. The end result...The only thing that matters is getting a win."

Horford finished with 15 points.

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