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Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards hit 10 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) to beat the Miami Heat 107-86 on Monday night. The Wizards (11-5) led by 15 points at halftime, 64-49, and held Miami (9-8) to 0-of-12 shooting from distance in the second half.

"We did a good job of staying home and getting a hand in their face," Washington head coach Randy Wittman said. "They missed some, too. It wasn't all us. They had some pretty good looks they missed."

John Wall had 18 points and 13 assists in the win while Rasual Butler paced the team with 23 points. The Wizards never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 25, and saw four players score in double figures. 

Meanwhile, Miami got 21 points from Chris Bosh and 20 from Dwayne Wade. The Heat's shooting woes only escalated at the charity stripe as the team was just 18-for-30 (60 percent) on free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we've gotten to the defense we've wanted all year," said Wade, who was playing in his second game back following a hamstring injury. "We're still fairly new; a lot of the guys are still confused at what we're trying to do."

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Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Despite a stumbling first round victory, the Indiana Pacers looked back to form on Thursday night when they beat Washington 93-80 to finish off the series four games to two. Indiana now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals to face defending champion Miami in a rematch of last year's conference finals.

"We're ready to go," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I like the way we played this series. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the champs and we're excited to have another crack at them."

The Game Six win was not an easy one for the Pacers as they blew a 16-point second half lead before using their defense to pull away late. Washington was held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second quarter, giving Indiana a 52-40 halftime advantage. That was eventually erased, and the Wizards took a 74-73 lead with 8:30 to play.

However, David West came right back and hit a jumper to put the Pacers ahead for good. That basket triggered a 20-6 run to close out the game -- and the series. West finished the game with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to pace all scorers.

John Wall was held to just 12 points for the Wizards and was 0-4 from three-point range. Marcin Gortat was Washington's leading scorer with 19 points. The Wizards advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and won a second round game for the first since 1982.

It has been a puzzling season for Indiana, who held a 46-13 record on March 2 before limping into the playoffs. After being pushed to seven games by eighth-seeded Atlanta in the first round, and losing Game 1 at home to Washington, the Pacers played impressively on the road and are 5-4 away from home in the postseason.

Indiana will now host the back-to-back champs in Game One on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Pacers and Heat went a full seven games last season with Miami defeating Indiana 99-76 in the decisive game.

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George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past WizardsKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul George scored a career playoff-high 39 points, 28 of them in the second half, to help the Indiana Pacers erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 Sunday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Confe...

Wizards Power Past Bulls 75-69 to Win Series 4-1

Wizards Power Past Bulls 75-69 to Win Series 4-1Win McNamee/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  John Wall scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to close out their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games. Nene added 20 points as the fifth-se...

John Wall, Eastern Conference Win NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest

John Wall, Eastern Conference Win NBA’s Slam Dunk ContestChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Washington guard John Wall put an exclamation point on the NBA’s slam dunk contest Saturday night for the Eastern Conference with a two-handed reverse jam. Wall, playing alongside Indiana Pacers gu...

Wizards Win, Go over .500 for First Time Since 2009

Wizards Win, Go over .500 for First Time Since 2009NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards are over .500 for the first time since 2009.  John Wall had 22 points, five boards and five assists to lead the Wizards past the Portland Trail Blazers 100-9 on Monday night.  W...

Wall And Wizards Snap Thunder 10-Game Win Streak, 96-81

Wall And Wizards Snap Thunder 10-Game Win Streak, 96-81NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- Wizards point guard John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as Washington (23-23) topped Oklahoma City (38-11) on Saturday Night, 96-81, snapping the Thunder’s 10-game winning streak. Wall...

Wizards Send Heat to Third Straight Loss

Wizards Send Heat to Third Straight LossJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards scored 48 points in the first quarter en route to a 114-97 home win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. It was the third straight loss for the defending champs who trailed by ...

Report: Wizards Sign John Wall to $80 Million Extension

Report: Wizards Sign John Wall to $80 Million ExtensionNBA via Washington Wizards(NEW YORK) -- The Wizards believe that point guard John Wall is the man to lead the team for years to come, and they've proven it. The Washington Post is reporting that the team has inked Wall to a five-year contract extension...

Wizards Nearing Deal with John Wall

Wizards Nearing Deal with John WallChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The Washington Wizards are close to a deal with point guard John Wall, reports ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein. The Wizards and Wall are working on a five-year contract extension worth close to $80 million, ac...

Heat Clinch NBA’s Best Record Without Big Three

Heat Clinch NBA’s Best Record Without Big ThreeChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  With LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all sidelined, the Miami Heat came out and defeated the Wizards 103-98 on Wednesday night to clinch the NBA's best regular-season record. Ray Allen sco...

Wizards Top Clippers Without Paul, Griffin

Wizards Top Clippers Without Paul, GriffinNBA Via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- John Wall scored 13 points and dished out eight assists as the Washington Wizards took down the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 98-90 on Monday night. The Clippers (34-16) were playing without All-Stars Chris...

Paul Scores 22 In Return As Clippers Vanquish Wizards, 94-87

Paul Scores 22 In Return As Clippers Vanquish Wizards, 94-87Los Angeles Clippers/NBA(LOS ANGELES) -- Making his return to the lineup after missing the last three games because of a bruised right kneecap, Clippers guard Chris Paul scored a team-high 22 points and had 11 assists as Los Angeles (32-9) vanquished t...

John Wall To Miss Eight Weeks with Right Knee Injury

John Wall To Miss Eight Weeks with Right Knee InjuryNBA Via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON D.C) -- Washington Wizards star point guard is expected to miss eight weeks of play with a stress injury in his right knee, the team announced Friday afternoon. Wall was experiencing pain and discomfort in his righ...

Wizards to Retain Head Coach Randy Wittman

Wizards to Retain Head Coach Randy WittmanNBA via Washington Wizards(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Wizards is set to retain Randy Wittman as the team's head coach. Following a 2-15 start, the team decided to part way with Flip Saunders and bring Wittman on board as the interim head coach. The ...

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