Nene tracked down the loose ball and Beal hit the first free throw to make it 73-69 with 14.6 seconds left before missing the second. But Nene got another rebound, and that led to two free throws by Wall with 7.8 seconds remaining.
Nene was back to wreaking havoc after serving a one-game suspension for grabbing Butler’s head, whether he was knocking down jumpers or scoring inside. He hit 10 of 17 shots and grabbed seven rebounds.
Wall also had seven boards and hit 9 of 11 free throws. Marcin Gortat grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Wizards did something they have rarely done the past three-and-a-half decades — they moved on.
The playoffs have mostly been one-and-done affairs for them — with a few exceptions — since they lost to Seattle in the 1979 Finals. They knocked off New Jersey 2-0 in the first round in 1982 and took out Chicago in six games in 2005.