Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One
(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- The Washington Wizards took a 13-point lead into halftime before holding off a late Indiana rally to win Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 102-96. It is the first second-round playoff win for the Wizards since 1982.
Washington opened the game on an 8-0 run before leading 28-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Pacers then went on a 16-2 run to take their first, and only, lead of the game on a pair of Evan Turner free throws. Nene then gave the Wizards back the lead on the ensuing possession with a layup, and Washington never looked back.
"We know it's a tough building to play in. We haven't won here in a while," said Wizards guard Trevor Ariza, who scored 22 points off the bench. Washington had not won in Indiana since 2007, snapping a 12-game losing streak.
Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington defense held Indiana without a basket for more than seven minutes in the final period. That, coupled with a franchise playoff-record 10 3-pointers, proved too much for the Pacers. The Wizards have now won four straight road games this postseason while Indiana, the top seed in the East, have lost Game 1 for the second consecutive series.
Roy Hibbert was virtually invisible, scoring no points and collecting no rebounds for the Pacers. David West tried to pick up the slack, pouring in 15 points and pulling down 12 boards in the loss. Both George Hill and Paul George scored 18 points to lead Indiana. Game 2 is set for Wednesday night.
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