THE Washington Wizards showcased their balanced scoring to coast past the struggling Indiana Pacers, 111-98, at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The entire Wizards starting unit scored in double figures in a game they dominated from start to finish. Otto Porter Jr. tied his career-high six treys to lead Washington with 25 points, while Markieff Morris added 21 markers, including three triples.
John Wall also stretched his streak of double-doubles to a career-best nine games as he had 20 points and 12 assists, while Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat scored 19 and 12, respectively.
The Wizards went on a 25-8 run in second quarter that extended a two-point lead to 19 before the Pacers brought it down to 10 at the break, 62-52.
The balanced attack kept Washington up by 16 early in the fourth before Al Jefferson scored six unanswered points to trim the deficit to 10, 95-85, at the 9:22 mark. Indiana even got the lead down to seven before Porter’s sixth triple of the game got Washington back on top by 12.
The Wizards (34-21) simply traded baskets the rest of the way, with Beal sinking the backbreaking triple with 47 seconds left to push the lead to 13, keeping the slumping Pacers at bay and stretching their win run to four.
The Pacers suffered their sixth straight defeat and fell to 29-28. Paul George and Myles Turner each had 17 to lead Indiana. Jefferson and Rodney Stuckey chipped in 12 apiece off the bench.