The Washington Wizards were facing the exit door of the Eastern play-offs on Tuesday night if they didn't beat the Indiana Pacers, but Randy Wittman's side pulled off some magic to thrash their opponents 105-79 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Some had predicted a routine win for the Pacers, considering they were at home and finished top of the Eastern Conference, but at this time of the season anything can happen as now they have to take this series to game six.
"We play desperate. At the end of the day, we might lose. We have to play every minute of every game like it's the last one of the season."
"We didn't show up to play. I don't know if we just thought we were going to come in here and these guys were going to roll over or what. They just played at a different level than we did all night," he told ESPN.
In the first quarter the visitors started as the stronger team, winning the period 25-19.
Gortat managed 11 points for the Wizards converting five of his six field goal attempts, while John Wall added six. The impressive link up play between Bradley Beal, Wall and Gortat was just a sign of things to come.
For the hosts Paul George and Lance Stephenson both put five on the board for Frank Vogel's men.
In the second, Gortat was at it again as he and Beal converted six points to win the quarter 20-19 to give the Wizards went in at half-time leading the hosts 45-38.
The fans wanted a response from the home team, but John Wall had other plans as the guard scored 17 points in 12 minutes for Washington hitting three of his four attempted three pointers to go on and win the quarter 31-14.
Heading into the final 12, the Pacers had a mountain to climb as they were trailing by 24 points, and while in the fourth they gave a spirited fight back it wasn't enough.
Chris Copeland scoring nine points for the Vogel's men, while George added six in the five minutes he featured.
But Beal's eight points for the visitors, with Gortat and Al Harrington adding four each to the final score, gave Wittman's team the edge to collect their second win of the series.
Game six between these two team is on Friday evening at the Verizon Centre where a win will secure a final spot for the Indiana Pacers.
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