THADDEUS Young sank the go-ahead basket and the Indiana Pacers saw Bradley Beal’s potential game-winner bounce hard off the rim to escape with a 107-105 win over the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Paul George scored nine straight points for the Pacers to build a 105-98 lead with 2:01 to go, but Beal went on a 7-0 run by himself to tie the game with 15 ticks left. Young then drove hard to the basket and made the game-winning layup with 0.9 remaining. Beal missed a wide open trey at the buzzer as the Pacers nabbed their second straight win.
The Pacers started slow, trailing 14-4 early and saw Beal and John Wall combine for 20 points in the first quarter. But Indiana stormed back in the second quarter, with a big boost from Al Jefferson off the bench, to tie the game at 57 at the half.
Jeff Teague led another Pacers rally in the third to push Indiana on top 79-88 at the end of the period. And Indiana looked to pull away late, with George taking over down the stretch. But Beal and the Wizards just showed no quit in trying to stretch their three-game win streak, only to fall short at the end.
George had 27 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, now at 15-14, while Teague added 23 markers and 10 assists. Myles Turner chipped in 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks while Young finished with a double-double of 12 markers and 11 boards.
Beal led the Wizards, who fell to 12-15, with 22 points. Marcin Gortat contributed 21 markers and 13 rebounds, while John Wall added 19 points and 10 assists.