The Washington Wizards scored just 63 points in Game 3.
Washington’s young charges floundered late in Game 4.
In Game 5, with their season on the line, the Wizards used a 31-14 third quarter effort to blow open the game.
John Wall had 27 points and was unafraid to take the shots given to him. Marcin Gortat led the team with 31 points and 16 rebounds.
Washington dominated the glass, outrebounding Indiana 62-23. Gortat had his 16 rebounds with 10 minutes to play, at the time equalling the Pacers’ rebounding total as a team.
Bradley Beal had 18 points and 8 rebounds and Trevor Ariza posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Paul George had 15 points on 15 shots, with David West the only other Pacer scoring in double-digits with 17 points.
The Wizards led 45-38 at halftime in a largely back-and-forth first half Washington led the majority of.
Their dominant third quarter was fuelled by the excellent Marcin Gortat, who had a hand in almost every offensive play, either taking and making shots or setting screens to get his teammates open.
Accompanying that, the Pacers’ offense fell short possession after possession as Paul George, Lance Stephenson and George Hill failed to effectively penetrate the Wizards’ tough perimeter defense.
The resultant Washington run was punctuated by boos from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd. Unimpressed with the effort being displayed, the arena emptied quickly after the start of the fourth quarter.
Marcin Gortat: 31 points, 13-15 FGS, 16 rebounds
John Wall: 27 points, 11-20 FGS, 5 assists, 5 rebounds
Bradley Beal: 18 points, 7-17 FGS, 8 rebounds
David West: 17 points, 7-14 FGS, 6 rebounds
Paul George: 15 points, 5-15 FGS
Game 6 @WAS: Thursday, May 16th. Tip: 8pm ET