Behind 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals from Bradley Beal and 22 points and six rebounds from Trevor Ariza, the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-96 on Monday night. The victory steals home court advantage away from the Pacers and gives the Wizards a 1-0 series lead.
John Wall added 13 points, nine assists and five rebounds while both Marcin Gortat (12 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks) and Drew Gooden (12 points, 13 rebounds) had double-doubles.
Paul George and George Hill led the Pacers with 18 points apiece and David West scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Wizards kept the Pacers away from the rim, out-rebounding them by 17, holding them to just 20 points in the paint and keeping Roy Hibbert from scoring or grabbing a rebound in 18 minutes.
The Wizards couldn’t have asked for a better start. They scored the game’s first eight points and entered the second quarter with a 13-point lead. The Pacers started the second on a 16-2 run to take lead, but the advantage was short-lived as the Wizards ended the half on a 10-2 run to push the lead back to 13 at the break. The Pacers got the lead down to six at the 7:41 mark in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards used a 10-2 run to seize back control of the game and put things away.
Game 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana is 7:00 pm EST on Wednesday night and will be on TNT.