Wizards fall short late, Pacers take commanding 3-1 series lead

Final Recap

Wizards 92 Pacers 95

After a stellar first half the Wizards blew their 17 point lead in the third quarter as the Pacers outscored Washington 30-15 in the quarter. The Wizards were able to regain some momentum heading into the fourth but were unable to contain Paul George all day. George scored a game high 39 points and was able to keep Indiana in the game when the Wizards were rolling on offense. What this series has exposed is the inexperience of Washington Wizard's star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

After performing so well in their first playoff series against the Bulls the young duo hasn't been able to take over games when it matters most. Back up point guard Andre Miller completely outplayed John Wall in this game while Beal went cold from the field in the fourth quarter. Washington will now face elimination for the first time in this playoffs as they travel to Indiana for Game 5.

Halftime Recap:

Wizards 55 Pacers 38

The Wizards knew they couldn't perform they way they did in Game 3. If they did they were going to get completely embarrassed and get run out of town. Another poor performance would also likely mean the end of the season as Washington would go down 3-1 in the series and stare elimination in the face with a game 5 in Indiana. As they have shown time and time again, the Wizards change the narrative and played one of their best half's of the season. Both Beal and Ariza have rediscovered their shot as both scored a team high 12 points in the first half. John Wall has been electric with the ball in his hands, scoring six points and five dimes. But the best performance of the first half has to go to the duo of Andre Miller and Al Harrington who help lead the Wizards to a 12-0 run to start the 2nd quarter. The Wizards are making the shots they didn't make in Game 3 and are making better passes which have opened up the Pacers' defense. Another half like that and Washington and Indiana will find themselves tied at 2 in the series.


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