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Wizards take 1-0 lead with 102-96 win at Indiana



BY MICHAEL MAROT
AP SPORTS WRITER

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year's playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.

Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana.

The Wizards trailed only once, 31-30, and took control with a 17-6 run to close the first half that made it 56-43. Indiana couldn't get closer than five points in the second half.

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Indiana.

The Pacers have lost both of their playoff series' openers and will face another uphill battle - just days after rallying from a 3-2 deficit to beat Atlanta in seven games in the first round.

Washington made a playoff franchise-record 10 3-pointers, going 10 of 16. Ariza was 6 for 6 with five coming in the first half when he scored a playoff-career best 17 points.

But the Wizards won this one because of their defense, especially late.

After pulling out to a 92-78 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana scored six straight to close to 92-84 with 3:24 left.

But Washington didn't allow another field goal for nearly 6 minutes - from 7:41 left in the fourth until Indiana's last-minute 3-point flurry, and by then it was too late.

The Wizards took advantage of a five-day break after beating Chicago in the first round, looking fresh and stealing a page out of the Hawks' playbook by spreading out the Pacers.

It worked perfectly.

The Wizards jumped to an 8-0 lead and extended the margin to 28-15 after one quarter.

The Pacers spent the second half playing catch-up and the Wizards never let them get closer than two possessions.

After the Wizards took a 68-52 lead midway through the third quarter, the Pacers finally charged back with a 10-0 run that got them within 68-62.

But Washington sealed the game with a 7-0 fourth-quarter run that made it 92-78 with 5:46 to play. It was too much to overcome for Indiana, which made four 3s in the final minute.

NOTES: Washington has won nine of its last 10 dating to the regular season. ... Indiana held Washington to 66 points on Jan. 10, the lowest single-game point total this season. It took the Wizards 26:02 to top that mark Monday. ... Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne of the Colts attended the game.

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jdm61cc May 05 2014 at 11:28 PM

All of those high draft picks that the Wizards have had over the past few years are paying off now.

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terranceherren jdm61cc May 06 2014 at 12:52 AM

The fact that you probably don't even know that Wall and Beal are the only high picks of the Wiz that get a lot of minutes suggests you know nothing about them and just made a passing comment trying to be sly. This team has just the right mix of youth (beal, wall) and vet experience (nene, ariza, gortat), I like their roster balance and anyone who beats Indiana is a team I like.

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f327305 terranceherren May 06 2014 at 7:01 AM

will foster, go Wizzards

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sopranosly jdm61cc May 06 2014 at 9:07 AM

they been drafting high for 30 years, some good some not so goo and some they were high . picking high in the draft gets you players but not a team. there 3 players away from being very good , Pacers in 7 ( sorry not this year )

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bigtom363 sopranosly May 06 2014 at 11:22 AM

Wizards in 5 or 6, the Pacers have no chance to win this series. Hibbert is a non-factor. George is inconsistent, especially when facing good defenses. West won't beat anyone by himself. Hill could make it interesting if he gets hot shooting 3's; but, that's a big if. I'll give them a game or two, that's it.

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smallwritings May 06 2014 at 12:13 AM

I love my Wizards! It's a shame that the sports commentators refused to acknowledge the Wizards the whole season and still consider them underdogs. This team is incredible and has a talented team. The Wizards still don't get the calls by the refs they deserve but they don't give up the fight to win. In our house, the Washington Wizards have been our teams for years. We've been with them thru the rebuilding of the team and are so proud of them. They deserve to be in the playoffs. They earned the right and they earned the press. Congrats Wizards!!!

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terranceherren smallwritings May 06 2014 at 12:49 AM

STFU about getting calls

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glosieyes May 06 2014 at 12:55 AM

lol, the Pacers are terrible

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buglebob May 06 2014 at 7:41 AM

10 - 3's; oh, I was expecting maybe 20 as a result of the headlines. 10 seems pretty common in games. I wonder what the reg season recvord is ?

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madddddddddddddd May 06 2014 at 1:01 PM

pacers have too many egosss

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geddy37 May 06 2014 at 12:25 PM

I don't follow the NBA closely but now I'm as curious as anyone about what's going on with Roy Hibbard. I hope it's nothing worse than trouble on the court.

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vernsmaria May 06 2014 at 11:19 AM

Pacers have problems. This isn't Atlanta they're playing. Washington doesn't fold under pressure.

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rbrtschrst May 06 2014 at 10:51 AM

Why don't the Clippers say something about the Washington REDSKINS? They sure would if they were the Washington BLACKSKINS!

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Lanneytld May 06 2014 at 8:14 AM

A lot of Hype for just 10 - 3's >< Not even HALF of an NBA Record

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MikeH22020 Lanneytld May 06 2014 at 11:57 AM

Yes, in the big picture, however, it was a playoff record for the team so I will one will give them a pass on headline.
You know we both have seen much worse! ;-)

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jbear10024 May 06 2014 at 7:31 AM

GO WIZARDS! What an amazing team! Fingers crossed as we advance & hopefully win more!

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