Facing elimination, the Washington Wizards dominated the Indiana Pacers in the second half, earning a 102-79 victory to cut the Pacers’ series lead to 3-2 and force a game 6 Thursday night.
The Wizards were led by Marcin Gortat, who exploded for 31 points and 16 rebounds. The Pacers grabbed 62 total rebounds and Gortat’s 16 were just seven less than the Pacers’ total of 23. The Pacers gave the Wizards plenty of opportunities to grab those boards - they shot just 30-of-77 (39.0%) from the field while the Wizards hit 41 of their 82 attempts (50.0%).
John Wall scored 27 points, dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds and Bradley Beal added 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
David West scored a team-high 17 points, Paul George scored 15 and no other Pacer scored in double figures.
The Wizards came out strong, leading by six after one and pushed the lead to seven at the break. The Wizards jumped all over the Pacers in the second half, using a 20-6 run to build a 22-point lead that they pushed to 24 by the close of the quarter. The Wizards then cruised to victory in the fourth quarter.
Game 6 from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. is Thursday night and the game is on ESPN.