He racked up 20 points and 12 assists tonight. Add in the fact that in is playing back-to-back nights, while Washington will be coming to town rested, and I can't find a reason to pick the Pacers. Washington took a 2-1 season series lead against the Pacers with a 112-107 win February 10 at the Verizon Center. Porter hit five of those in the first quarter alone, setting a tone for the Wizards to come through with big shots all night, with all five starters reaching double figures and keeping every in comeback at bay.
Washington (34-21) also got 21 points and seven rebounds from Markieff Morris, John Wall had 20 points and 12 assists and Bradley Beal added 19 points on a night when the Wizards shot 51.8 percent, including 15 of 29 from 3-point range. The Wizards came in leading the National Basketball Association in opponents' turnovers per game (15.6) and third in field goal percentage (47.7).
Despite Indiana creeping back into the game in the fourth quarter, cutting the Wizards' lead to seven points, the Pacers never truly threatened.
"I think we're exhausted", George said.
WASHINGTON KEY TRENDS: The Wizards have won nine of their last 10 games and are 6-4 against the spread during that span.
"We keep showing them things we need to do to commit". "A lot of shots teams are shooting, they weren't shooting two or three years ago".
"We're just not playing well, not clicking as a unit", Pacers guard Jeff Teague said.
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In the meantime, however, the Pacers will be involved in a busy All-Star Weekend, kicking off tomorrow night with the Rising Stars Challenge featuring Myles Turner.
Turner had nine first-half points for IN, and Kevin Seraphin added eight. After they face the 76ers, the Wizards will play the Jazz and the Warriors - both Western Conference playoff teams - before a home-and-home with the Eastern Conference's fourth-place Toronto Raptors at the beginning of March.
"We have been looking real good for the last few months", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
Seraphin had six first-quarter points to lead IN, which shot 57.1 percent IN the opening 12 minutes, staying close IN part by out rebounding the Wizards 11-6.
TOUGH STUFF: The Pacers head into the All-Star break having finished one of the toughest stretches on their schedule. IN (29-27), meanwhile, tries to improve on its 3-8 record on the second night of a back-to-back after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 113-104 on Wednesday. He has at least 15 points & 10 assists in each of his last 9 games, the longest streak in a season since Michael Adams (13 straight, December 1990).