The Indiana Pacers begin another series in a 0-1 hole after getting blitzed by the Washington Wizards. The Pacers shot 21.7% in the first quarter, falling behind by 13. They climbed back in the game with their second unit, using an 11-0 run to take a brief 31-30 lead, but a late surge from the Wizards kept Indiana from making any headway, Washington leading 56-43 at the break. The Pacers made another run late in the third quarter, but couldn't trim the lead closer than six.
In the fourth quarter, a barrage of Bradley Beal and offensive rebounds doomed the Pacers, with Beal scoring 23 on the night and the Wizards bringing in 17 offensive rebounds, killing Indiana in the game 53-36. The Wizards pushed the lead back into double figures and lackadaisical offense by the Pacers kept them from making a comeback. The Pacers shot under 40%, gradually upped throughout the game, but hardly enough to match wits with a Washington team that played much harder and better tonight. Trevor Ariza was 6-6 from three point range for 22 and Drew Gooden had 12 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.