Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana

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Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana
Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) puts up a shot over Indiana Pacers' George Hill (3) during the first half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis, Indiana - MAY 13: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for a dunk against the Washington Wizards in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 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 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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, IND - MAY 13: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers shoots against the Washington Wizards in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Plaoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) shoots over Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during the first half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 Pacers forward David West, right, shoots over Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden during the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots a 3 point shot agasint the Indiana Pacers during the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. The Wizards won 102-79. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 13: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots over Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) during the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 13: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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, IND - MAY 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots against the Indiana Pacers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Plaoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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)
Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat points toward his teammates as time expires in the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. Washington defeated Indiana 102-79. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 13: Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers finds it hard to watch from the bench in the fourth quater of the 102-79 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 guard John Wall signals after hitting a three-point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 13: Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers watches from the bench in the fourth quater of the 102-79 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 13: Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards celebrates against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 13: George Hill #3, Lance Stephenson #1, Paul George #24 and Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers watch from the bench in the fourth quater of the 102-79 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 13: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates in the 102-79 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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 13: Frank Vogel the head coach of the Indiana Pacers gives instructions to his team against the Washington Wizards in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 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)
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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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