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

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Wizards take 1-0 lead with 102-96 win at Indiana
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal celebrates a three-point bucket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014. The wizards defeated the Pacers 102-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers forward David West celebrates a bucket against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANA MAY 5: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 5, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANA MAY 5: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 5, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: David West #21 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after a turnover in the 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 5: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards moves the ball up-court against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers is introduced before the game against the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) puts up a shot during the first quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 05: Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards grabs a rebound against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman argues a call during the first quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel shouts instructions during the first quarter of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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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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