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Wednesday, May 7th
(All times Eastern)
(5) Washington Wizards (1-0) at (1) Indiana Pacers (0-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Once again, the Indiana Pacers are down in a series, but
they'll try to knot things with the Washington Wizards Wednesday night for
Game 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
After a grueling seven-game series in the first round with the No. 8 seed
Atlanta Hawks, the Pacers are trailing in this Eastern Conference semifinal
The Wizards won Game 1 Monday night, 102-96.
Washington, which dispatched the Chicago Bulls in five games in the
quarterfinals, is now 4-0 on the road this postseason. Indiana is just 2-3 as
the host in the playoffs and went 35-6 at home in the regular season.
"This team has a tendency to try to ease into games and ease into to two
series now in a row and that's going to come back to bite us," acknowledged
Indiana head coach Frank Vogel. "We got to come out and be more ready to play
to start games."
The Wiz buried the Pacers, 28-15, in the first quarter. Washington had a much-
needed break before this series, while Indiana eliminated Atlanta on Saturday,
and came back on Monday.
"We had a lot of time to practice and find the rhythm again," said Wizards
forward Trevor Ariza. "We didn't know who we were going to play but when we
did we all definitely locked in and got ready to play this game today."
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 25 points, while Ariza added 22 for the
Wizards. Beal added seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals and Ariza
hit 6-of-6 from 3-point range for Washington.
Marcin Gortat and Drew Gooden each posted double-doubles in the victory, as
Washington won a game in the second round of the playoffs for the first time
since 1982. Gortat finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds and Gooden posted
12 points with 13 boards in just under 18 minutes off the bench.
John Wall did his part as well, contributing 13 points and nine assists. Nene
chipped in 15 points.
Paul George and George Hill each scored 18 points in defeat.
"We had an opportunity to win this game, we just didn't fight hard enough,"
said Pacers forward David West, who had 15 points in the loss. "We didn't have
Lance Stephenson and Luis Scola, who was in-and-out of the rotation late in
the Hawks series, both finished with 12.
Monday marked yet another baffling night in the postseason career of Roy
Hibbert. The Indiana center, who made the All-Star team this season, finished
with zero points and zero rebounds in 17:43 of action. It was his third zero-
point game of this postseason.
"He's got to be part of the fight," West said. "He's got to be part of this
thing for us to go anywhere."
The Pacers scored just 20 points in the paint in Game 1, which was a season-
low, and were out-rebounded by 17.
The Wizards snapped their 12-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. No
current players were on the roster for the last victory, which came on April
Game 3 will be Friday night in Washington.
05/07 10:25:09 ET