Thaddeus Young hit a circus shot with .9 seconds left to put the Pacers up, 107-105. The Wizards had one last chance as Bradley Beal curled free off a screen for a good look at a three-pointer but it wouldn’t fall.
Wizards fall to the Pacers, 107-105, ending their three-game win streak.
For the first time in a long time, the Wizards got off to a hot start as they hit five of their first six field goals to take an early 12-1 lead. Bradley Beal and John Wall both scored 10 points each in the quarter for the Wizards as they led 36-29 after the first period.
The Pacers erased the lead as they used a 9-0 run late in the second quarter behind hot shooting from Paul George and Jeff Teague to tie the game at 57 going into halftime.
The start of the third quarter was sloppy as the Pacers started 0-6 from the field where the Wizards were just 2-9. Tomas Satoransky got his “welcome to the NBA” moment at Jeff Teagues’ expense. Teague blew by Satoransky on several occasions and used a nasty spin move for a layup that turned the rookie around.
The Wizards cut into the lead with a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter but the Pacers had an answer of their own. George took over in the quarter as he continuously hit tough shots over Beal, Morris, and Porter.
With 15 seconds left at the Wizards down two, Bradley Beal pulled up for what looked like three but ended up being a long two. Rather than taking a one-point lead, the Wizards and Pacers were all tied up at 105 with 15 seconds to play.
Young would hit a circus shot over Morris with just .9 seconds to play as Beal would miss his shot at a game-winner on the other end. Wizards lose, 107-105.
Wizards go cold from three-point range
After starting the game 3/4 from distance, the Wizards went just 5/29 the rest of the game. Beal and Porter hit threes early as the Wizards started out on an early 12-1 run. Things cooled down for the Wizards from deep in the second and third quarters but they were awakened in the fourth. Otto Porter hit another key three-pointer as Bradley Beal also had two more key threes as the Wizards chipped away at the Pacers lead.
Shooting 24 percent from three-point range is less than ideal considering the hot start.
Wizards have no answer for Paul George
George was an All-Star tonight as he scored a game-high 27 points. The Wizards had no answer as George took turns feasting on several Wizards players. Otto started on George but the Wizards switched Beal onto him and even Morris at times. It didn’t matter, as George was unstoppable tonight.
The loss stings but isn’t too upsetting
Yes, the loss stings, but not all hope is lost. The Wizards were very competitive for the entire game considering they were on a second half of a back-to-back and coming off their biggest win of the season. There were times in the quarter when it looked like the Pacers would pull away and the Wizards would just pack it in, but they didn’t. They continued to battle and stay competitive throughout. If this game was played one month ago, I don’t know if we’d be saying the same thing.