May 15, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) defends in the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014, Pacers at Wizards final score: Indiana defeats Washington 93-80, advances to Eastern Conference Finals

 

The Indiana Pacers rallied for a 93-80 victory over the Washington Wizards Thursday night to win their series in six games and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After scoring 11 points in the first half, David West exploded for 18 in the second half, carrying an offense that wasn’t showing much life. He finished with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Lance Stephenson added 17 points, eight assists and five assists, Paul George scored 12 points and Roy Hibbert and George Hill added 11 apiece.

Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 19 points and six rebounds while Bradley Beal added 16, Nene scored 15 and John Wall had 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds.

The Wizards took a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 17-2 run that put the game away.

The Pacers got off to a strong start, scoring 29 first quarter points en route to a 52-40 lead at the half. They quickly pushed the lead to 16 after their first two possessions of the second half and looked like they were in complete control of the game before the Wizards began to rally. Down 69-55 with 3:43 to play in the third quarter, the Wizards cut the lead back to eight by the time the fourth quarter began.

The Wizards started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run, capped by a three-pointer by Beal to give the Wizards a 74-73 lead.

The Pacers will now battle the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second consecutive season. Game 1 from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana is Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm EST.

Game 1: Wizards 102, Pacers 96
Game 2: Pacers 86, Wizards 82
Game 3: Pacers 85, Wizards 63
Game 4: Pacers 95, Wizards 92
Game 5: Wizards 102, Pacers 79

For more on the Pacers and Wizards, check out 8 Points, 9 Seconds and Wiz of Awes.

 

Tags: Bradley Beal David West Indiana Pacers John Wall Lance Stephenson Marcin Gortat NBA Playoffs 2014 Nene Paul George Roy Hibbert Trevor Ariza Washington Wizards

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