The Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards are in similar place during their series. They both have lapses in play and immature periods of just all out play ground play. Last night during the closing minutes of the game both teams had bone-head plays that made anyone that has played the game of basketball say WHAT IN THE HELL?
Lance Stevenson grabs a rebound from a loose ball play and just launches it into the fray of players without even looking. He could have taken the ball up the court and ended the game by allowing the clock to run out. Instead the Wizards regain control of the ball and end up getting two fouls shots out of it. The last play for the Wizards was even worse it looked as if it was supposed to be a curl play going to the basket for Bradley Beal but the pass was thrown back and a Pacers player stepped into the passing lane. It was a good game just a horrible close and end to it for both teams.
I am happy to see that Larry Bird is mot chewing on his nails anymore at least until the next series.
Notebook: Pacers 95, Wizards 92
Ben Standig, for NBA.com
Posted Mon May 12, 2014 1:49 AM – Updated Mon May 12, 2014 1:49 AM
THE FACTS: The Indiana Pacers, top seeds in the Eastern Conference, now lead the semifinal matchup over the Washington Wizards 3-1.
THE LEAD: Paul George had 39 points with seven 3-pointers and 12 rebounds as the Pacers rallied from a 19-point, second half deficit for a 95-92 win over the Washington Wizards.
George and Roy Hibbert dominated offensively in the second half for the Pacers, who have won three straight after losing the series opener. The pair scored 43 of Indiana’s 57 points after halftime. Hibbert finished with 17 and George Hill added 15.
The Wizards led 57-38 early in the third quarter, but made only field goal over the final 7:50. Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Trevor Ariza had 16.
George played over 46 minutes, made 7 of his 10 shots from beyond the arc and took on the task of defending Beal.
QUOTABLE: ” Usually coach will take me out for a breather. I knew every horn that sounded wasn’t for someone to get me.”
— Paul George on knowing he would play heavy minutes
THE STAT: Led by John Wall, Washington had 18 fast break points in the first half, but zero in the second.
TURNING POINT: After rallying back from 19 points to tie the game at 74-74, the Pacers fell back 85-76 with 7:09 remaining as Washington’s bench took command. That is until George and Hibbert took it back, scoring 18 of Indiana’s final 19 points. George started the surge with back-to-back 3-pointers and his free throws with 1:21 remaining gave the Pacers the lead for good at 92-91.
QUOTABLE II: “It’s tough. We really did put ourselves in position to win. A play here, a play there could have made a difference in us winning. I guess that’s part of this team still growing.”
— Al Harrington, who scored 11 points
HOT: The Wizards bench outscored the Pacers’ 32-2.
NOT: Starting center Marcin Gortat had two points and three rebounds in 21 minutes for Washington.
GOOD MOVE: Indiana coach Frank Vogel stuck with his starters as each member played at least 37 minutes.
BAD MOVE: Wall, who struggled with his shot throughout the series, passed on a potential game-tying shot in the final minute.
QUOTABLE III: “Their second unit came out with a lot of intensity which got the crowd going which you can’t [allow] on the road. But I thought our composure — we never panicked. …We know that in most cases we can just depend on our defense to methodically walk teams down, get stops after stops..”
— David West, who scored 14 points and had eight rebounds
NOTABLE: Among those part of the sellout crowd at the Verizon Center, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. …Washington’s last home playoff beyond the first round came in the 1979 NBA Finals against the Seattle Supersonics. … Wizards forward Trevor Ariza went 4 of 4 from the field including two 3-pointers for 10 points in the first quarter. Through four games this series, he is shooting 12 of 15 overall and 7 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Tuesday @ Indiana, Thursday @ Washington (if necessary) For the Wizards, Tuesday @ Indiana, Thursday @ Washington (if necessary).