Beal helps Wizards knock off Pacers 109-102
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2018 10:36 AM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) steals the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44), from Croatia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-102. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
By Harvey Valentine, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 19 points, Marcin Gortat had 18 and the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers 109-102 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in a possible playoff preview.
Washington (40-30) earned its second straight win to move into a tie with Indiana for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards also claimed the first tiebreaker by taking 2-of-3 in the season series.
Gortat was 6-for-8 from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds. He scored a total of 17 points in his previous four games.
Washington went 10-for-20 from three-point range and shot 54.8 percent from the field overall. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had 16 points for the Wizards, and Markieff Morris added 15.
Reserve Lance Stephenson led Indiana with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Victor Oladipo had 18 points.
The Pacers played without starting center Myles Turner and reserve forward Domantas Sabonis, who were sidelined by sprained left ankles. They had won four straight road games.
Pacers center Al Jefferson, making his first start of the season, had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Wizards scored 26 points off 15 Indiana turnovers.
Washington led by 12 at halftime and extended its lead to 71-51 on Otto Porter Jr.'s corner three-pointer in the third quarter.
Bojan Bogdanovic and Darren Collison hit back-to-back three-pointers to get the Pacers within nine early in the fourth. But Washington answered with a 7-0 run capped by Oubre's layup.
The Pacers made one more charge, pulling within seven on Stephenson's layup with 1:17 left, but Beal hit two free throws with 45 seconds remaining.
Pacers: Last won five straight road games in 2011-12. ... Stephenson had 10 points in the second quarter. ... Oladipo, who leads the NBA in steals, had three.
Wizards: Tomas Satoransky went 4-for-4 and scored 10 points in first quarter. ... Had two days off before facing Indiana and three days off before their next game. ... Converted 19-of-23 free throws.
Pacers: Host the Lakers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Wizards: At San Antonio on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).