Friday, February 23, 2018
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Wizards outwork tired Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Wizards were tired of getting shoved around in the Eastern Conference semifinals. On Tuesday, Marcin Gortat and his teammates pushed back hard.

Gortat had the best playoff game of his career, 31 points and 16 rebounds, and John Wall scored a playoff-best 27 as the Wizards routed the Pacers 102-79 to cut the Eastern Conference semifinals deficit to 3-2.

"We don't have anything to lose now," Gortat said.

The Wizards made a stunning turnaround after losing three straight, two at home. Washington scored a franchise-low 63 points in Game 3 and then blew a 19-point lead in Game 4. The Wizards led by as much as 20 in the fourth quarter of Game 5.

The motivated Wizards were overwhelming inside with a 62-23 rebounding edge.

Gortat produced more points and rebounds in 36 minutes than he had in the previous two games combined (six points and 13 rebounds).

"I was a decoy in Game 3 and Game 4," Gortat said. "(Tuesday) was the time for me to perform. At some point in the second half, it was just fun to be in the game."

One possible explanation for what happened to the Pacers was fatigue. Four Indiana starters played at least 39 minutes in Game 4.

Indiana's Paul George struggled in Game 5 going 5 of 15 from the field with 15 points, one rebound, two assists and four turnovers.

Wizards 102, Pacers 79

WASHINGTON (102): Ariza 4-9 2-2 10, Nene 2-6 0-0 4, Gortat 13-15 5-7 31, Wall 11-20 2-2 27, Beal 7-17 2-3 18, Gooden 0-4 0-0 0, Webster 0-4 2-2 2, Harrington 1-2 2-3 4, Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Booker 0-1 0-0 0, Porter Jr. 1-1 0-0 2, Temple 1-1 0-0 2, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 15-19 102.

INDIANA (79): George 5-15 2-3 15, West 7-14 2-3 17, Hibbert 2-7 0-0 4, G.Hill 1-8 1-2 3, Stephenson 4-8 0-0 9, Mahinmi 1-2 0-0 2, Turner 1-3 0-0 2, Scola 2-5 1-1 5, Watson 2-4 2-5 7, Copeland 3-5 3-6 9, Allen 1-2 0-0 2, Butler 0-0 2-2 2, Sloan 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 30-77 13-22 79.

Washington 25 20 31 26— 102

Indiana 19 19 14 27— 79

3-Point GoalsWashington 5-18 (Wall 3-6, Beal 2-5, Gooden 0-1, Harrington 0-1, Booker 0-1, Ariza 0-2, Webster 0-2), Indiana 6-15 (George 3-5, Stephenson 1-1, West 1-1, Watson 1-3, Copeland 0-1, Sloan 0-2, G.Hill 0-2). Fouled OutHarrington. ReboundsWashington 68 (Gortat 16), Indiana 33 (West 6). AssistsWashington 21 (Ariza, Wall 5), Indiana 19 (Turner, West, Hibbert, Stephenson 3). Total FoulsWashington 22, Indiana 20. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. A18,165 (18,165).

LATE MONDAY: Damian Lillard scored 25 and the Blazers staved off elimination in the Western Conference semifinals with a 103-92 victory over the Spurs.

MAGIc SAYS STERLING in 'STONE AGES': Magic Johnson says Clippers owner Donald Sterling is "living in the stone ages" in his attitudes about minorities. "You can't make those comments about African-Americans and Latinos. You just can't do it," Johnson said. Sterling made his public comments Monday since racist recordings emerged last month resulting in a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine. He brought up the Hall of Famer's HIV and called him an unfit role model for children. Johnson said he didn't know how he got in the middle of a dispute between Sterling and V. Stiviano. She recorded the comments with Sterling, and her photo of herself and Johnson on Instagram helped spur Sterling's racist remarks. "He's trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team," Johnson said.

stan VAN GUNDY TO PISTONS: Stan Van Gundy agreed to a $35-million, five-year contract to be Pistons coach and president, according to several reports.

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