Wizards wrap up 8th seed in East, thumping Pacers

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The Washington Wizards are moving on to the first round of the NBA Playoffs after a convincing 142-115 win over the Indiana Pacers. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook led the home side to the blowout victory at the Capital One Arena.

The Eastern Conference Playoff bracket is set after the Wizards win tonight. They will take on the top seeded Philadelphia 76ers.

Wizards pulled away in the second quarter

The Pacers hung tight for a quarter, but a 16-0 to start the second quarter propelled the Wizards to a comfortable victory in the knockout game. Washington went to half with a 14 point lead, and the Pacers weren’t able to close the gap in the second half. A season high 48 point quarter coming out of the halftime broke the game open as the Wizards cruised into the playoffs.

Beal and Westbrook lead the way

After a dismal shooting performance against the Celtics last game, Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook got back on track as the pair combined for 43 points in the winning effort. Westbrook flirted with a first half triple double dropping 15 points, eight rebound, and nine assists. He finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists.

76ers await the Wizards in the first round

Beal seemed to be a bit bothered by his sore hamstring during the first half. After a quick scare, he showed no signs of that holding him back as he dropped 25. The leagues second leading scorer sat the fourth quarter after the Wizards piled up a large lead going into the final 12 minutes.

The Wizards will now travel to Philadelphia to play the No. 1 seed in the East. Philly has won each of the three games against Washington this year, but this will be the first time these two team meet in the playoffs since 1986.

Kenny and Chuck having fun with Russ after the game

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It's all over from the Capital One Arena!! The Wizards move on to the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

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Stanley two of two from the line

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Bonga on the three point ball

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Martin with the left handed finish on the finger roll.

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Brimah connects on one of two from the line.

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Stanley from behind the arc on the near side

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Brimah hits one of two from the line

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Gil with the three. He's been active off the bench. 10 points in 4 minutes

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Holiday on the triple try

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Stanley back to the line, where he knocks down two.

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Matthews from downtown

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Stanley 2-2 from the line

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Holiday to the line hits two FTs

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Gil cleans up the scraps down low

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A little over five minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

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The reserves are on the floor for both teams as we go to another timeout from DC

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Gil from downtown

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Stanley with a bucket

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Gill with a tip in

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Holiday weaving to the basket

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Smith stretching to the iron.

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Smith leaves it behind for Gafford, and the big man finishes with a flush

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Bertans getting to the iron.

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Smith with the jumper

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Charge called on Sabonis, that's his sixth

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Hachimura finishes with the left hand down the paint.

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Sabonis on the and 1... He continues to pad his stats with the made free throw

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Brogdon knocks down a three from the near side.

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48 point third quarter for Washington. That ties their best quarter all year.

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Smith finds Hutchinson on the lob for the easy bucket

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12 more minutes to go, and the Pacers are going to need a miracle

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One more quarter to go from DC. It looks like the time in Indiana's season is winding down.

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Gafford back to the line, hits one of two

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Tech on Bitadze, Bertans hits the FT

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Martin from the far side

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Gafford follows his own miss

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Timeout on the floor, a little over a minute to go in the thrid quarter.

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McConnell getting to the rack and finishing around the iron

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Bertans for three!

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Gafford on the alley oop off the feed from Westbrook

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Sumner on the and one get the free throw

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Bertans from the near corner

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Sumner to the line after the Smith foul hits both

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Under three to go in the third

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Gafford fouled down low, more importantly for the Pacers that's number 5 for Sabonis. Gafford hits two from the line

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Sabonis with a three ball, and then a steal on the inbound pass by McConnell gives the Pacers 5 straight points. Timeout Wizards

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Beal pulls up from down town in transition

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Neto connects on two free throws

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Sabonis get the roll from a step behind the FT line

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Hachimura fouled hard on the drive, Sabonis picks up foul number 4. Hachimura hits two from the line

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Timeout Pacers, and this game is in danger of getting out of hand before we reach the fourth quarter.

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Beal drops another three from the top of the key. He's got 21 on the night. The Wizards look like a different team tonight.

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Beal on the backdoor cut get the dunk and the foul, knocks down the FT

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Brogdon into the paint finishes from close range.

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Westbrook at the line, splits the two

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Neto from downtown. It's a 20 point game from DC

 

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Neto fouls Brogdon, sending the Pacers top scorer to the line where he hits two of two

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Beal catch and shoot from the top of the key

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Sabonis on the floater, he now has a triple double

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Hachimura on the lay up off the glass

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Brogdon connects on a three ball. He's got 17

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Neto scored just before Westbrooks drive before the timeout

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It's too easy for Russ tonight. Drive to the iron and an easy finish from the right side. Timeout Pacers.

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McDermott with a long ball

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Hachimura down low off the glass taking the contact

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Beal knocks down two from the line

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Holiday puts back the offensive board

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Beal slashing to the rack, finishes off the glass

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The Wizards shot 56% from the field in the first half

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We are back in action from Capital One Arena

Russ has been doing everything tonight

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Malcolm Brogdon is the top Pacers scorer going into the second half with 14.

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While Sabonis didn't get too involved on the scoring, he did everything else in the first half with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists.

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Domantas Sabonis has been limited on the offensive end, as he was for much of the first Play-In game. The Pacers are going to need him to come to life in the second half

Westbrook almost had triple double in the first half

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A 16-0 Wizards run to start the second quarter opened this game up and Washington has a nice cushion going into the second half.

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We are through two quarters from the nations capital.. Gafford ends the first half with a block, his fifth of the night.

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Holiday strong drive to the rack looking for the foul, but didn't get the and 1 call.

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Hachimura again from inside the arc.

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Brogdon with the floater in the lane.

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Beal nice move to get to the iron

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Brogdon from the top of the key hits a jumper from inside the arc

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Westbrook back to the charity stripe, hits one of two

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Neto on the long two

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McDermott feeds Sabonis down low for the easy bucket

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Sabonis at the line, hits one of two

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Under three minutes to go in the first half from DC

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Hachimura at the line hits both

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Brissett going back to work, he's got 10 points

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Beal down the middle of the lane with the finger roll

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Angle jumper off the glass from Westbrook

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Holiday on the FT line jumper

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Lopez with the tip in, draws the foul on Sabonis, goes to the line and gets the 3 point play

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Brissett has been on fire in the last two games. THis time from the corner

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Sabonis finishes on the dunk off the TO

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Beal finds Lopez down low, and another easy bucket for the former Stanford Cardinal. 16 point run for the home side. Timeout Pacers

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Neto on the runner in the paint

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Beal, looks like his hamstring may be bothering him again.

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Lopez on back to back buckets close to the rim. 12-0 run for the Wizards

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Lopez sinks the baby hook in the paint

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Hachimura on the fast break with a high flying slam

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Timeout on the floor from DC. Westbrook seems to be making up for lost time after a rough outing last game. He's got 12 already

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Gafford in transition, the big man running the floor

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Westbrook knocks down two free throws after being fouled on the shot

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Westbrook to the rack on the lay up

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Brissett from downtown, he's off to a nice start again

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Martin with the mid range jumper

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Gafford after the pump fake hits the short range effort

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Westbrook takes the contact and hit the bucket, but misses the FT

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Brogdon and McDermott are both in double digits after the first quarter

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The first quarter is over from DC, nothing between these two teams. Brogdon off to a hot start, and Westbrook and Beal are looking better than they did last game against the Celtics.

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Sabonis on the and 1 from the assist from McConnell, goes to the line and misses the free throw.

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Westbrook fouled by McConnell, goes to the line and hits both

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Smith fading outside the lane

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Timeout from Capital One Arena

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Beal knocks down the short deuce down low, and the two Wizards stars are off to a good start.

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Back to back threes for McDermott

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McDermott with a Three ball

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Gafford from underneath

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McDermott responds with a three ball

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Hachimura with a coupe buckets in a rown

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Hachimura knocks down the three ball

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McDermott with a midrange jumper

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Brogdon connects on the long ball again. Brogdon's got 10 already

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Westbrook with the same play, for two quick buckets

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Westbrook driving strong to the rack with tht close range finish

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`Brissett sinks the baby hook in the paint

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Brogdon off to a quick start, he's got 7 out of the gate

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Len off the Westbrook assist.

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Brogdon drains the long ball and we are tied from DC

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Len from close range, knocks down the short J

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Brissett, last games high scorer for the Pacers opens his account.

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Brogdon on the long ball, and the Pacers top scorer is on the board

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Beal with back to back buckets

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McDermott with the first Pacers bucket off the night

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Beal on the close range effort off the lob from Westbrook

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Caris LeVert is still out tonight, the mid season aquisition has missed both Play-In games

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Neto in the corner for the first points of the night

We are underway from Capital One Arena!

Expect point tonight

This is a win or go home situation for the Wizards and Pacers.

Can Russell Westbrook step up tonight after a slow first round Play-In game on Tuesday?

Hello everyone and welcome to the Capitol One Arena where AS English will have all the live coverage, stats and updates of tonights one off Play-In Game that will determine the 8th seed in the East. The Indiana Pacers travel to DC to take on the Wizards for the right to play the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.

Pacers roll to victory in Play-In opener

The Pacers come into tonight on the heels of a thumping win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. Indiana went for plus 40 in the first quarter in route to a thirty point victory to earn themselves a spot in tonights final Play-In game in the East.

Doug McDermott was the star in the first quarter with 16 points out of the gate, and then Oshea Brissett and Domantas Sabonis took over late in the game. Brissett paced Indiana with 23 points, while Sabonis was an assist shy of a triple double before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Beal and Westbrook shut down against the Celtics

The Wizards never seemed to find their rhythm in the Play-In opener against the Celtics. Russell Westbrook had a nightmare evening from the field. While both went for 20+, they combined to shoot just 16-43 from the field. Their two stars inability to score combined with Jayson Tatum posting 50 points was too much for Washington to overcome.

Fourth and final matchup of the season

Tonight will mark the fourth time these two teams have played, with the Wizards having won the first three including a 133-132 overtime thriller a week and a half ago. Beal was the hero in that game, posting 50 points, and Westbrook followed up with 33.

The winner of tonight’s game with wrap up the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

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