Wizards 80 Pacers 93
The Wizards made it fun didn't they. Despite trailing by as many as 14, Washington made a furious comeback that extended from the end of the third quarter to midway through the fourth. The Wizards rally looked complete with Bradley Beal stealing the ball away from Roy Hibbert and hitting a three to put the Wizards up 75-74. The Wizards lead with 8:30 to play in the fourth was Washington's first lead since 7:39 in the first quarter of the game.
With 8:30 left in the game, the Pacers took over. Indiana finished the game on a 18-5 run to seal the victory and the series. The Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Miami Heat in a rematch of last years conference finals. The Wizards go into the offseason with two major decisions to make on free agents to be Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza. Washington's season comes to an abrupt end, but with the young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal there is plenty to be optimistic about for this franchise in the coming years.
Wizards 40 Pacers 52
For a team that is in front of their home crowd and trying to avoid elimination you would think the Washington Wizards would come out flying. That would not be the case in the first half. The team that went into Indiana and slapped the Pacers around to keep their season alive apparently left their game in Indiana. The Wizards are shooting 16-39 (41%) from the field and have zero fast break points.
A team that has relied so much on their fast break and speed in transition have failed to get any tempo in their offense. This game is shaping up like a mirror image of the game three when the Pacers decisively defeated Washington in a slow,ugly affair. Washington needs a strong third quarter to get back in the game, otherwise the season is over.
1st Quarter Recap:
Wizards 23 Pacers 29
After demolishing the Pacers in game five the Wizards look to even up the series and force a be-all end-all game seven. After laying a goose egg at home the Pacers came out and played a crisp first quarter, shooting 68% (13-19) from the field. Pacers' shooting guard Lance Stephenson leads all scorers with nine points. The Wizards are trying to dominate the paint the way they did in game five but the Pacers are holding serve. Washington will have to make their outside shots to open the paint back up for the rest of the game.