Wizards take 1-0 lead with 102-96 win at Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana—Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 to lead Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday.
The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.
Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana.
The Wizards trailed only once, 31-30, and took control with a 17-6 run to close the first half that made it 56-43. Indiana couldn’t get closer than five points in the second half.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Indiana.
The Pacers have lost both of their playoff series’ openers and will face another uphill battle—just days after rallying from a 3-2 deficit to beat Atlanta in seven games in the first round.
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