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Indiana Pacers see off Washington Wizards threat

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Indiana Pacers made it their second consecutive Eastern play-off final on Thursday night after the Pacers beat the Washington Wizards in game six 93-80 at the Verizon Centre.

Frank Vogel's side could have ended the series on Tuesday night, but failed to convert their chances and this resulted in Wizards collecting the win at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse and taking the tie the sixth game.

Centre Roy Hibbert scored 11 points for the visitors and after the game the 27-year-old stated to ESPN that it was an emotional journey, but the team spirit saw them through to win.

"We don't try to let our emotions show too much. Sometimes it does. But we stuck together."

The Washington Wizards started off not taking the chances they were presented with, and as the game came to a close they were wasteful once again.
But after the match, point guard John Wall stated to ESPN that people have to give the Wizards credit considering they were seen as the huge underdogs.

"Nobody expected us to be here. I think a lot of teams respect us now. We definitely made Indiana earn it."

Last season Randy Wittman's side finished 12th in the Eastern Conference while finishing third in the Southeast Division, a clarification that it has been an improved season for the Wizards.

The first quarter started with the visitors on the front foot as the Pacers took an early lead at 29-23.

Lance Stephenson hit an early nine while David West added seven to the board.
Marcin Gortat scored eight for the hosts, but the Wizards got off to a slow start and were sloppy with their shooting.

In second quarter Wittman's team carried on wasting opportunities, losing the quarter 23-17.
Out of the 18 field goal attempts created by the home side only six were scored, as Nene managed six points in the seven minutes.

For Frank Vogel's side West, George Hill and CJ Watson all added four points to see the visitors go in at half-time with a 12 point lead at 52-40.

The third quarter saw a response that fans wanted from their home team, as Washington took the period 23-19.
Considering West scored 10 for the Pacers; Bradley Beal, Gortat and Wall all contributed to give the hosts hope.

Heading into the fourth the Wizards were only trailing by eight points with 12 minutes to play, but again the wastefulness of their shooting hit home as the Pacers secured the fourth 22-17.

West delivered another eight points for the Pacers, while the Wizards only converted six of their 19 attempted field goals, as Wall and Beal only contributed nine points with Beal only scoring one of his four attempted three pointers.

A deserved win for Indiana and now what awaits them and their fans is an Eastern play-off final against Miami Heat with game one on Sunday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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