The Indiana Pacers managed to hold off a furious fourth quarter from the Washington Wizards to grab their second win in the bubble. The Pacers struggled on both ends for much of the game, effectively pulling off the win thanks to a pair of big runs in the second and third quarters.
They used one of those runs (22-2) to end the third quarter, leading 90-68 heading into the fourth. The Wizards stormed back, scoring the first 10 of the fourth, climbing to within seven with just over a minute remaining. Throughout the fourth, the Pacers made just enough plays to keep Washington from getting any closer to pick up the win.
T.J. Warren had another big game, scoring 34 points, including 16 in the third. He was also effective in attacking the glass, pulling in a season high 11 boards, four on the offensive end. Malcolm Brogdon returned to action, scoring 20 points with six assists. Myles Turner bounced back nicely after foul trouble against Philadelphia, finishing with 17 and nine. Aaron Holiday also scored 17.
The win gives Indiana a 1.5 game lead over Philadelphia for 5th, also moving to within a game of Miami at fourth with the win. The Pacers will play their lone back-to-back of the bubble tomorrow against the Orlando Magic, looking to extend their winning streak to three.