Wizards run out of gas, fall to Pacers 105-89

Seven Pacers players score in double-figures led by Myles Turner with 18 points as Indiana downed a tired Washington squad, 105-89 on Sunday.

Only four Wizards players cracked double-figures in the game, led by Markieff Morris with 16 off the bench, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as this one had ‘schedule loss’ written all over it after their thrilling triple overtime win over the Suns on Saturday evening.

The Wizards played about as well as one would hope to start this game. Even though the Wizards turned the ball over six times in the opening period and shot just 8-for-18 from the field, they found themselves down just two points one quarter.

After a John Wall turnover, it looked like the Pacers might open the floodgates up in this one as the ball found it’s way to Bojan Bogdanovic in the corner for a three-pointer giving Indiana a 44-32 lead. But Washington had an answer. Back-to-back threes from Morris and Jeff Green trimmed the Pacers lead to six and the Wizards were able to get as close as three after Thomas Bryant converted an and-one opportunity.

Indiana would counter with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 53-43 lead into halftime.

You usually don’t see fatigue in teams on the second half of a back-to-back until the second half — and that was the case for Washington. After hanging around, the Pacers ripped off a 16-1 extended run to open the game up 76-57 in the third quarter.

The deficit would be too much to overcome as Scott Brooks emptied the bench for the entire fourth quarter to close this one out as Washington was held to a season-low 89 points in the loss.

Takeaways

Wizards fall apart in the third quarter

The Wizards did a good job hanging around in this one during the first half, which was really all you could ask for from a team playing the second half of a back-to-back in less than 24 hours. Once the adrenaline wore off and the dead legs kicked in, Washington’s chance of sneaking away with a victory went out the window.

Washington was only able to muster 18 points in the third quarter as they were outscored 31-18 in the period.

However, the highlight of the period came on a basket that didn’t count. Bradley Beal stole the ball from a Pacers player, passed it off to Trevor Ariza who found a streaking Green for a monstrous dunk over Victor Oladipo.

This basket was waived off due to an offensive foul, but that doesn’t take away from how spectacular this dunk was.

Turnovers haunt the Wizards

The Wizards were in the giving spirit as they coughed the ball up 22 times, equaling the number they gave up the night before. John Wall was the main culprit with seven turnovers on the evening, including six in the first half.

No turnover is good, however, the ones the Wizards committed tonight would rank lowest on the totem pole. Too many times, guys would try to thread the needle after driving into a crowded lane or they’d turn it over attempting to save a loose ball heading out of bounds only to lead to transition opportunities for the Pacers.

The first half would have been a whole lot closer however the Wizards committed 13 turnovers leading to 20 Indiana points. Nine second-half turnovers added insult to injury as you aren’t going to win many games when committing 22 turnovers.

Washington gets nothing from their backcourt

Bradley Beal played over 50 minutes last night and you could tell. He looked gassed from the get-go and as a result, was only able to muster up seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in just 23 minutes of action.

John Wall on the other hand, was playing like a guy on the second half of a back-to-back, except he didn’t play last night due to flu-like symptoms that seemed to still be affecting his play. His numbers were equally as bad as he also only scored seven points and turned the ball over seven times.

The Wizards aren’t going to be competitive in games when these guys only combine for 14 points.

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Pacers at Wizards final score: Washington uses a balanced attack to knock of Pacers 109-102

The Washington Wizards used a balanced attack led by Bradley Beal with 19 points to knock off the Indiana Pacers in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup, 109-102. Marcin Gortat had one of his better games of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds and Kelly Oubre scored 16 points off the bench as the Wizards notch their 40th win of the season.

Washington led by as many as 20 in this one, 101-81 in the fourth quarter and looked like they might win this one in a blowout fashion. But, Pacers coach, Nate McMillan pulled his starters with 5:33 remaining in the game, which sparked an Indiana run. Indiana used a 17-4 run behind the hot shooting from Lance Stephenson and TJ Leaf to trim the Wizards lead down to seven, 105-98 late in the fourth quarter. But Scott Brooks would reinsert his starters and the Wizards would hold suit knocking off the Pacers 109-102 and win the season series, 2-1.

Takeaways 

Washington wins with a balanced attack

Five Washington players scored in double figures tonight and the team combined for 29 assists in the latest edition of ‘Everybody Eats’. After struggling for nearly the entire month of March, Gortat had a breakout game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Kelly Oubre, who’s also struggled as of late, chipped in with 16 points off the bench including two timely three-pointers for Washington.

Tomas Satoransky continued his outstanding play with 12 points, five rebounds, and eight assists as this time; he won the dual with Cory Joseph.

The Washington bench combined for 37 points in another great all-around team effort for the Wizards.

Washington keeps Oladipo in check

Last time these two teams played, Oladipo scorched the Wizards for 33 points in an Indiana victory. That was not the case tonight as the Wizards put the clamps on Oladipo holding him to a relatively pedestrian 18 points on 7-16 shooting from the field.

Bradley Beal, who guarded Oladipo for most of the previous matchup started off defending the first-time All-Star tonight but the Wizards switched the guard positions much more freely. Tomas Satoransky also guarded Oladipo for stretches tonight and he was great at defending the dribble handoffs that the Pacers like to run.

But most importantly for Washington tonight, they limited the Pacers, specifically Oladipo’s, transition opportunities evidenced as Indiana ended the night with just four fast-break points.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards were the beneficiaries of Indiana’s mistakes turning 15 turnovers into 26 Washington points
  • Markieff Morris turned in another strong performance with 15 points and five rebounds 

Up Next: Washington heads to San Antonio on Wednesday night where they haven’t won since 1999.

Pacers at Wizards Recap: Wizards can’t overcome 17 point deficit, fall to Indiana 98-95

Bradley Beal had a chance to tie the game with just seconds remaining. After catching the inbounds pass, Beal sidestepped Myles Turner for a wide-open three-pointer but it fell short as the Wizards fall to the Pacers, 98-95.

Victor Oladipo, the former DeMatha product scored a game-high 33 points for the Indiana Pacers who jump into the 4-seed with the win this evening.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points (8-27 shooting) and Otto Porter added 17 (6-12 shooting) but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Wizards can’t complete the comeback to overcome a 17-point deficit.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

Washington’s bad habit of turning the ball over continued tonight as the Wizards coughed the ball up 14 times with 10 of those coming before halftime. Late in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game, Bradley Beal threw the ball out of bounds trying to get it to Mahinmi down low. Next time down the court, Beal had another careless pass as he tried to find Meeks but Oladipo intercepted it for an easy dunk on the other end.

Like we’ve seen over the past few games, the Pacers made the Wizards pay for their turnovers. 14 Washington turnovers led to 20 Indiana points including two easy layups late in the game as the Wizards were mounting their comeback.

No love for Otto Porter down the stretch

Otto Porter started the game just 1-7 from the field. But since the slow start, he kicked things into high gear connecting on his next five field goal attempts. But that’s where the buck stopped as Otto only had one field goal attempt (made it) in the fourth quarter this evening.

Down the stretch, Beal was the primary ball handler and he and Mahinmi would run the pick-and-roll to trigger the offensive sets. But, Beal was also forced to play 43 minutes tonight and was gassed down the stretch. As a result, his shots were coming up short and two of his five turnovers came off of lackadaisical passes.

Porter, on the other hand, had no plays run for him down the stretch and is actually in the midst of a hot shooting streak. It’s really hard to win basketball games when the ball stops moving and the second best player on your team only gets one shot in the fourth quarter.

About those rotations

Scott Brooks was already short-handed tonight with Kelly Oubre out but his rotations in the fourth quarter made no sense. Brooks went with the no point guard lineup starting at the 9-minute mark of the fourth quarter and never put Satoransky back in.

Bradley Beal was the primary ball handler but look gassed for much of the fourth quarter as he was forced to play 43 minutes tonight.

Not only did Beal not get a break, but Tomas Satoransky, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat never came entered the game in the fourth quarter as Brooks opted to go with Meeks, Mike Scott, and Ian Mahinmi down the stretch.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal had the first double-double of his career (of this assist variety) as he dished out 11 assists to go along with 22 points

  • Ian Mahinmi continues to play well as he scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against his former team

Next up: Miami comes to town Tuesday night for the third matchup against their divisional foe.

Wizards at Pacers final score: ‘Everyone Eats’ yet again as Washington rolls to a 111-102 victory over Indiana

Eight Wizards players scored in double figures this evening led by Bradley Beal with 21 as the Wizards knocked off the short-handed Pacers, 111-102. Otto Porter scored 13 points (11 in the second half) and the duo of Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky combined for 12 assists as Washington wins their fifth straight game and improves to 10-6 without John Wall on the season.

After racing out to a 28-23 lead after one quarter, like we’ve become accustomed to, Scott Brooks inserted all reserves only to watch the lead quickly vanish. But it was Kelly Oubre who got fouled shooting a three-pointer which sparked a Wizards 9-0 run as the Wizards regained control 42-34.

Bradley Beal hit this nasty step back jumper late in the second quarter, something we’ve become used to seeing on a nightly basis as the Wizards enjoyed a 58-49 lead at halftime.

After a slow first half, Otto Porter caught fire for the Wizards with 11 of his 13 points coming in the third quarter as Washington was able to take control of this game.

Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi had some very timely baskets in the fourth quarter (yes, you read that correctly) as Washington was able to pull away for the 111-102 victory.

Everybody eats once again

As mentioned, eight Wizards players scored in double figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 21 and Kelly Oubre Jr. with 15 off the bench. However, Ian Mahinmi and Jodie Meeks also scored in double figures tonight, something we’ve seldom seen from them this season.

Not only did the team share the scoring wealth, but the ball continued to zip around. Washington combined for 29 assists tonight, their fifth straight game with at least 25 assists and it was Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky who led the team in that department with six each.

Markieff Morris was terrific tonight as he notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists and Mike Scott was his usual efficient self, connecting on 5-10 field goals for 11 points as everyone eats for the fifth straight game.

Ian Mahinmi and Jodie Meeks both had really good games

Jodie Meeks, who’s stated that he wants out of Washington in hopes of playing for a team where he can have a more prominent role did well in his audition with 10 points on 4-6 shooting. Meeks knocked down his first three-pointer of the night and also hit a nice baseline jumper in the first half at a time when the Wizards were struggling to score.

Meeks backed that up with five fourth quarter points including a three-pointer in transition to give Washington a double-digit lead.

Ian Mahinmi played one of his best games for the Wizards tonight with 12 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Mahinmi was active on the offensive end bullying his was for easy layups and dunks all night.

Tip Ins:

  • Washington turned the Pacers over 15 times converting that into 29 points
  • The Wizards shot 14-17 (82 percent) from the free-throw line tonight

Up Next: Washington heads to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers tomorrow night.

Porter, Wall lead Wizards past Pacers, 111-98.

This had all the makings of a potential letdown game for the Wizards but silly me for doubting them. Washington beats Indiana 111-98 in their final game before the All-Star break for their 34th win of the season. Otto Porter led the Wizards in scoring with 25 points on 6-10 shooting from three-point range while Markieff Morris continued his tear with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Otto Porter was on fire to start the game. The NBA’s leading three-point shooter knocked down his first three three-pointers of the game. Things were going so well for Otto that the bank stayed open late as he heaved this shot off the glass for his fifth three-pointer of the first period as the Wizards led 34-27.

Like we’ve become accustomed to, the starters built up a lead up to 10; but the bench came right in and blew it. The Pacers started the quarter on an 8-3 run forcing Brooks to reinsert his starters back in earlier than he probably would have liked to.

Everything started clicking again once the starters came back in.

The Wizards led by 19 at one point, 62-43 but once again, Indiana was able to counter with a 9-0 run but the Wizards still led by 10 at halftime.

Things got a little uneasy during the third quarter as Paul George started to get hot. George, who made just two baskets in the first half hit his first two shots of the third quarter to get started. But this time, it was the Wizards turn to counter with a run. Threes from Morris, Beal and Burke helped the Wizards regain control as they enjoyed a 90-77 lead entering the fourth quarter.

And in methodical fashion, the Wizards answered every single punch thrown their way in the fourth quarter to close this one out 111-98.

After a horrific 2-8 start to the season, the Wizards find themselves in the 3-seed out east with a record of 34-21 at the All-Star break. Not too shabby.

A first quarter to remember for Otto Porter

Porter, the league’s best three-point shooter, put on a show in the first quarter. Wall found Otto in the corner as he hit his first three to start the game. The basket looked like an ocean for Porter as he continued to let it fly and the shots kept falling. Otto connected on his first three three-pointers in the period and was 5-6 overall in the first quarter.

The Markieff Morris tear continues

After a somewhat quiet first half, Morris came out firing in the second half as he hit his first three-pointer as well as several fadeaways near the basket when matched up against smaller players. Morris ended the night with 21 points on 8-12 shooting and snatched seven rebounds. Morris was a key contributor for the Wizards in the second half as he provided them with timely buckets as the Wizards started to pull away.

Wall, Wizards pull away from Pacers win, 112-107.

Three Wizards players log double-doubles led by John Wall and Markieff Morris with 26 points a piece as the Wizards pull away from the Pacers and win 112-107. Marcin Gortat added 14 points and 16 rebounds while Beal scored 20 as the Wizards knock down an eastern conference foe hunting them down in the standings.

It looked like Otto Porter was going to be in for a big game. Porter scored eight points in the first period and knocked down his first three-pointer of the night. Unfortunately for Porter, he was shutout the rest of the game. For the first time in a long time, Scott Brooks went with all five reserves on the floor to end the first quarter. The Wizards led 33-27 after one.

The Wizards were a cold 2-7 from the floor to begin the second quarter. The starters came back in and countered with an 8-0 run with all points coming courtesy of Morris. The Pacers lead was stretched to as much as nine but the Wizards came back and tied the game at 59 at halftime.

The teams traded buckets for most of the third quarter. Once again, Brooks reinserted all five reserves to end the quarter and they were able to regain the lead as they capitalized on swift cuts and were able to get easy buckets.

The Pacers wouldn’t go away. Tough shots from Paul George down the stretch kept Indiana within striking distance. With under a minute remaining, Wall looped around the court and found Morris for a wide-open three as the Wizards would take a 108-102 lead and never look back.

Wizards win 112-107.

Frontcourt comes up big

Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat both notched double-doubles and combined for 40 points and 26 rebounds (10 OREB). Morris scored a season-high 26 points on 11-18 shooting while knocking down three three-pointers. Gortat came up big with eight offensive rebounds often resulting in second chance points. Gortat’s biggest offensive rebound of the game came with 40 seconds remaining as Beal missed both free-throws but Gortat was there to knock it out and give Washington an extra possession.

Brooks plays all five reserves at once

Scott Brooks has been shuffling lineups for almost the entire season and continued to do so tonight. Before, Brooks always kept a starter on the floor. Tonight, he went with all five reserves for five-minute stretches at two points in the game. The bench relinquished the lead in the first half but built out the lead in the second half. Clearly, Brooks seems to have more and more confidence in his bench as of late. That, or he’s trying to keep the starters’ minutes down as much as possible.

Wizards get back to business

After a heartbreaker against the Cavs and an uninspiring win against the Nets, the Wizards looked like themselves tonight. John Wall was doing John Wall things while Beal was knocking down three-pointers as he usually does. Nice all around win against a team a few games behind them in the standings.

Young hits circus shot with .9 seconds, drops Wiz 107-105.

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.