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Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Paul Pierce Joining the Wizards

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Paul Pierce will don new colors next season. On Saturday, the small forward signed a two-year deal worth $11 million with the Washington Wizards.
Pierce, who spent the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets, signed a contract that includes a player option for next summer. The Wizards went after Pierce once swingman Trevor Ariza signed a deal with the Houston Rockets.
The ten-time All-Atar averaged just 13.5 points per game, playing only 28 minutes per contest last year with the Nets. Pierce had also garnered interest from such teams as the Dallas Mavericks, Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. 
Pierce, 36, joined Brooklyn as part of a mega-trade with the Boston Celtics that included Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
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Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Marcin Gortat Agrees to Five-Year Deal with Wizards

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Marcin Gortat will be staying in Washington after he agreed to a new five-year deal worth $60 million with the Wizards on Tuesday.
“I’m proud to say Washington will be my home,” Gortat posted to his twitter account on Tuesday.
Gortat was one of the top targets to bring back for Washington and both sides met earlier in the week to discuss his future with the team.
The deal can’t officially be signed until July 10 when the league moratorium is lifted.
Gortat was huge for the Wizards off the bench this past season, averaging 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. 
The Wizards made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.  They’ll shift their attention now to re-signing forward Trevor Ariza.
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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 – Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2)
Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 – Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2)
MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) – San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) – Game 1
San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) – Game 2
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23)
Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) – Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) – 10 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) – Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26)
New York Yankees 1 (21-19) – New York Mets 0 (19-21)
Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) – Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22)
Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) – Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20)
San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) – Miami Marlins 4 (21-21)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23)
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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  Don’t look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.
“When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.
The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.
“Give the Heat credit,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn’t.”
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.
Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/13/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3)
Western Conference Secound Round:  Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Minnesota Wild 1 OT (Blackhawks win series, 4-2)
NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Washington Wizards 102 – Indiana Pacers 79 (Pacers lead series, 3-2)
Western Conference Semifinals:  Oklahoma City Thunder 105 – Los Angeles Clippers 104 (Thunder lead series, 3-2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (23-12) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (20-17)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (20-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (17-20)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (20-20) – Cleveland Indians 4 (18-21)
San Diego Padres 2 (19-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (17-20)
Houston Astros 8 (13-27) – Texas Rangers 0 (20-20)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (25-14) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (16-22)
Minnesota Twins 8 (18-19) – Boston Red Sox 6 (19-19)
Kansas City Royals 5 (19-19) – Colorado Rockies 1 (23-18)
New York Mets 12 (19-19) – New York Yankees 7 (19-19)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (16-26) – Washington Nationals 1 (20-19)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (20-20) – Chicago Cubs 3 (13-25) 12 Innings
Oakland Athletics 11 (25-15) – Chicago White Sox 0 (19-22)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (17-23) – Seattle Mariners 1 (20-19)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (22-19) – Miami Marlins 1 (20-20)
Atlanta Braves 5 (22-16) – San Francisco Giants 0 (25-15)
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George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

Kevin 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…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers 101 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Series tied, 2-2)
Indiana Pacers 95 – Washington Wizards 92 (Pacers lead series, 3-1)
NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers 3 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Series t…

Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards

Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Roy Hibbert picked the perfect game to come out of his slump.
The center scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers topped the Washington Wizards 86-82 on Wednesday night to even thei…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/7/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Indiana Pacers 86 – Washington Wizards 82 (Series tied, 1-1)
Oklahoma City Thunder 112 – Los Angeles Clippers 101 (Series tied, 1-1)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs &nd…

Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Win McNamee/Getty Image(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 …

Scoreboard Roundup 5-5-14

Scoreboard Roundup 5-5-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 102 – Indiana Pacers 96 (Wizards lead series 1-0)
Clippers 120 – Thunder 101 (Clippers lead series 1-0)
NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – New York Rangers 0 (Penguins lead series 2-1…

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

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

Win 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…

Scoreboard Roundup 4-29-14

Scoreboard Roundup 4-29-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 75 (1-0) – Chicago Bulls 69 (Wizards win series 4-1)
Memphis Grizzlies 100 – Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (Grizzlies lead series, 3-2)
Los Angeles Clippers 113 – Golden State Warriors 103 (C…

Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-Butting

Wizards’ Nene Suspended One Game for Head-Butting

National Basketball Association(WASHINGTON) –  Washington Wizards big man Nene has been suspended for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls for head-butting forward Jimmy Butler, the NBA announced on Saturday.
W…

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/25/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) —  NBA Playoffs – First Round:  Brooklyn Nets 102 – Toronto Raptors 98 (Nets lead series, 2-1)
Chicago Bulls 100 – Washington Wizards 97 (Wizards lead series, 2-1)
Houston Rockets 121 – Portland Trail Blazers 11…

Wizards Edge Bulls in OT for 2-0 Series Lead

Wizards Edge Bulls in OT for 2-0 Series Lead

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –  Bradley Beal scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 101-99 in overtime to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Nene added 17 points as the Wi…

Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top Seed

Heat Fall to Wizards, Give Pacers Top Seed

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Indiana Pacers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday night — without even playing. That’s because the Miami Heat suffered a 21-point loss to the Washington Wizards, 114-93…

Wade Helps Heat Burn Wizards, Clinch Playoff Spot

Wade Helps Heat Burn Wizards, Clinch Playoff Spot

NBA via Miami Heat (MIAMI) –  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 45 points as the Miami Heat burned the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night to clinch a playoff berth.
Wade scored 13 of his 22 points during the fourth quarter to h…

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA: Charlotte Bobcats 109 (28-33) – Indiana Pacers 87 (46-15)
Houston Rockets 101 (42-19) – Orlando Magic 89 (19-44)
Washington Wizards 104 (32-29) – Utah Jazz 91 (21-40)
Golden State Warriors 108 (3…

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