Apr 6, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles around Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the first half at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Wall Shines as Wizards Beat Pacers (104-85) In front of 1978 Washington Bullets Championship Squad

That was exhilarating.

It all began at the opening tip as John Wall took over the game early. The Wizards kept the game at their pace for most of the 1st quarter and took an early lead on Indiana. However, the Pacers came back, even taking the lead at one point once John Wall went out, reverting the pace back to their style. Wall came back later in the 2nd quarter, however, and aside from a mini run by the Pacers to cut the lead to 7 in the middle of the 3rd, the Wizards never looked back.

Wall finished the game with 37 points on 16/25 shooting, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Kevin Seraphin gave the Wizards a nice boost off the bench. His 15 points on 7-10 shooting, and 4 boards were valuable with Nene in foul trouble. Martell Webster also had a nice game with 13 points.

On the other side, Roy Hibbert dominated the Wizards inside all game with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Paul George really struggled scoring with just 2 points on 0-8 shooting. He did, however, play some decent defense on John Wall near the end of the 3rd quarter. Indiana did a good job weathering an early storm early in the game, but just lost their composure late in the 2nd half, settling for jumpers and turning the ball over.

Overall, this was a great game for the Wizards, possibly one of the best of the season, considering it was against a playoff team and in front of the franchise’s only championship squad. The Wizards will look to continue their high level of play against playoff teams tomorrow in Boston against the Celtics.

Live Game Notes:

  • Wall balling early, has gotten a couple of jumpers, a floater and a beautiful behind the back layup in transition
  • Wizards have completely controlled the pace early in the game, Pacers love to slow it down, but Wizards making this a track meet
  • Pacers front court having success early
  • Pacers got back into this quickly, Wizards shot themselves in the foot running the offense through Emeka Okafor, playing into the Pacers hands
  • John Wall just blocked a 7’2 Roy Hibbert and almost blocked Paul George’s dunk (called a foul)
  • Roy Hibbert is basically making everything
  • I completely disagree with the flagrant fou. Booker was merely clearing space
  • With Wall out of the game, the Pacers have completely dominated the pace of this game, Wizards getting caught in a slow, halfcourt game
  • Nene’s tentativeness is really hurting the Wizards in the 1st half
  • Wizards have sped up the game a little towards the end of the half, still inexplicably running plays for Okafor
  • Wizards have started the 2nd half hot, again keeping the game at their pace
  • Wall has completely taken over here, but Emeka Okafor is really struggling, might be a good idea to stop going through him, again
  • Wizards transition defense has been caught falling asleep several times in the 3rd quarter
  • Wizards have way too many turnovers, GOTTA keep composure
  • Pacers are rushing perimeter jumpers in the 4th, Wizards taking advantage of the long rebounds, getting out in transition, have blown this one open

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