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Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 16 rebounds, John Wall scored 27 points and the Washington Wizards rode a 39-rebound advantage to a 102-79 rout of Indiana on Tuesday night, cutting the Pacers' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 3-2.

Washington can even the series at home on Thursday in Game 6.

It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career high in points and posting a playoff career high in rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.

David West scored 17 points for Indiana.

Washington used a 15-6 run to take a 45-38 halftime lead, extended the margin to 24 after three and to as much as 30 in the fourth.

Washington denied the top-seeded Pacers a spot in the conference finals and improved to 4-2 on the road in this year's playoffs. They are just 1-3 at home.

Indiana's couldn't get enough stops because of its rebounding problems, and it didn't take long to see it play out.

Gortat and Wall combined for eight of the Wizards' first 10 points, and they were strong enough inside to fend off a brief Indiana scoring flurry to make it 25-19 after one.

Indiana charged back early in the second. Luis Scola scored the first five points, topping Indiana's entire bench total from Game 4, and took a 27-25 lead when Paul George knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:49 to go.

It was all Wizards after that.

Things got even worse for the Pacers in the third when they were outrebounded 18-4, and the Wizards made them pay for it. Washington's 6-0 run extended the lead to 11, a 9-2 spurt pushed the margin to 60-45, and when the Wizards closed the third on a 10-3 charge, it was 76-52.

After blowing a 19-point, second-half lead in Game 4, Washington didn't dare slow down. The Wizards took a 30-point lead early in the fourth and Indiana couldn't even make a serious run to cut into the deficit until coach Frank Vogel pulled his starters midway through the fourth.

Notes: Wall's 27 points were his most in the playoffs. ... Washington's 63 rebounds were a season high. ... Indiana, which came into the series with 12 straight home wins over Washington, has now lost two of its last three to the Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... George had 15 points and one rebound Tuesday after playing 46 minutes Sunday.

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DAVID May 13 2014 at 11:28 PM

Wiz in 7!!!

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Laura May 14 2014 at 8:57 AM

The wizards should have won game 2 and game 4. game 3 belonged to the pacers. The wizards need to close out better especially when the points are close. Great game played by wizards last night. They just need to be consistent. Go Wizards!!!

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Rik May 14 2014 at 7:27 AM

If you want to be a Champion, you have to Play like a Champion. The Pacers lack of professionalism and ability to focus on the task at hand is going to be their demise. They play soft, no hustle, lazy half hearted and careless passes. These guys couldn't smell blood in the water if there was no water in the blood they were swimming in. Their play is pitiful and inexcusable. I bet their attitudes would change if in the NBA or any Professional Sport, you only got paid when you won. Paul George should just stick with selling Pizzas maybe, Peyton Manning and Papa John could use the help. All in all, the Pacers are better than that and they need to stop playing like crap.

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dan_crabtree May 14 2014 at 1:13 AM

let me guess will go to seven games as they always do...the NBA is the new professional wrestling...and yea there is a sucker born every minute..

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beverlyamy1 dan_crabtree May 14 2014 at 11:17 AM

smoke crack much?

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switzarch May 13 2014 at 11:33 PM

Abe Pollin would be so pleased!

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theavenging1 May 14 2014 at 7:23 AM

Boringggggggg. let's see....Indiana, just lose and get this season over with!

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MikeH22020 May 14 2014 at 8:25 AM

The Wizards are a better team and will be much better when they learn to close. With better shot selection and patience at the end of 2 hames they could have closed this out in 5 instead of being down 3-2

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Laura MikeH22020 May 14 2014 at 8:51 AM

I agree with you 100%

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Chung Shin May 14 2014 at 9:53 AM

As Laura said, be consistent and never let up irrespective of the lead you have. Good luck and best wishes to my Wizards, and let's move on to the next round!

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Jackie and Steve May 14 2014 at 11:35 AM

Proud of the way they played and now onward and upward to check out Miami.

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teeveequeen May 14 2014 at 12:00 PM

basketball & baseball just milk their fan$ while the owners/players get RICH ...

NFL has ONE GAME (Super Bowl) and that's it !!!

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