Wizards vs. Pacers Links: Wizards roll to Game 5 win, put Pacers back in a bind

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers will have to quite literally rebound to closeout the Wizards in the Eastern Conference semifinals after a horrid Game 5 performance by Indiana will send the series back to Washington for Game 6.

After the Wizards took an early five-point lead midway through the first quarter, the Pacers had a signature possession that appeared to indicate they weren't going anywhere.

David West bounced a jump shot which Roy Hibbert kept alive by first tipping the ball away from a group and then jumping to save the ball out of bounds. George Hill then jumped out of bounds to save Hibbert's save and was able to get the ball to David West.

Hibbert then gave the Pacers a third chance by batting out a missed shot by Lance Stephenson which eventually turned into a layup for Stephenson. Phenomenal team effort led by the big fella.

As it turns out, that was the height of the Pacers effort on the night and two of just 23 rebounds all night as the Wizards simply rolled through the Pacers to amass a 39-rebound advantage.


That's like being outscored by, I don't know, 50? 60? Hibbert wouldn't grab another rebound all night while the team's leading rebounders, Paul George (1) and Lance Stephenson (0) combined for one board.

The results of the game became laughable. So bad, maybe it was a good thing. Surely Marcin Gortat will miss a few shots in Game 6, right? But the part that wasn't so funny was John Wall finding his groove in the Fieldhouse, while finding his range from behind the arc and hitting the Pacers with 27 points.

The Wizards were down and out, now they head home a little chesty after embarrassing the Pacers in a potential closeout game. I'm sure Indiana will respond favorably to the adverse condition they've created for themselves, but they still have to play quite well to put away the Wiz.

After what we saw in Game 5, we're back to a day-to-day watch on which Pacers' team shows up.

Check out the links:

Wizards at Pacers, Game 5 - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 79, Wizards 102, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS


Postgame: Pacers Locker Room, Game 5 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers lose much more than just one game - 1070 The Fan

Kravitz: Somewhere on South Beach the Miami Heat are chuckling - Indy Star

Pacers' David West: 'We didn't show up to play' - Indy Star

Wizards stay alive with 102-79 blowout at Indiana - AP

NBA playoffs: Wizards stay alive with a 102-79 dismantling of Indiana - The Washington Post

Marcin Gortat gives Wizards shot in the arm in Game 5 rout, shaking off his earlier struggles - The Washington Post

John Wall, Marcin Gortat show character in Wizards' Game 5 win over Pacers - Bullets Forever

On the rebound: Wizards crash boards, crush Pacers to keep season alive - Washington Times

Wizards blitz Pacers behind Gortat, Wall to force Game 6 | Comcast SportsNet Washington

The Washington School of Witchcraft and Wizardry " Grantland

TheJayGravesReport.com: Cigarettes (How by watchin' film on Big Momma helped the Wizards blast the Pacers)

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Can't Rebound, Shoot, Compete in Game 5 - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Pacers' poor performance keeps Wizards' season alive | The Indiana Sports Report

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Tuesday's action: That Clippers-Thunder game was nuts - SBNation.com

Good morning, that was the most insane finish of the NBA playoffs - SBNation.com

Sources: Pistons finalizing deal to hire Stan Van Gundy as coach, president - Yahoo Sports

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