On Monday night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Wizards broke their 12-game losing streak against the Pacers, and they will look to win two straight in Indiana on Wednesday.
The Wizards got off to a 13 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back. Bradley Beal led all scorers with 25 points, 14 of those came in the fourth quarter. He also led all players in steals with 5, as well as picking up seven rebounds and seven assists.
John Wall also had a great game for the Wizards, adding 13 points and 9 assists. Marcin Gortat got a double double, scoring 12 points and collecting 15 boards.
For the Pacers, Paul George and George Hill led the team with 18 points each. David West led the team in rebounds with 12, and also scored 15 points. Starting center Roy Hibbert had another shocking game, contributing no points and no rebounds. Lance Stephenson had another up and down game. He was 4 of 13 shooting on the court and had 12 points, but committed 4 turnovers.
Washington will have plenty of momentum as they look to continue their streak of winning all their postseason road games. But losing the first game is nothing new for Indiana, as they lost the first game at home in their previous series versus the Atlanta Hawks. They were able to force a game seven and the Pacers managed to win that series.