Marcin Gortat recorded his 31st double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 12 rebounds, to help the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers, 91-78. The Wizards put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only eight possessions while totaling 20 assists. Washington (37-35) picked up the win after falling to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Gortat shot 8-15 from the field. John Wall also chipped in for Washington, finishing with 20 points and 8 assists. On 6-22 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-6 from the free throw line, Paul George put up 19 points for Indiana in the loss. He also added 9 rebounds. Lance Stephenson added 13 points and 14 rebounds and David West finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
The Pacers posted an eFG% of just 36.7%, including 15.4% from 3-point range. This year, they are 5-6 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Wizards are 6-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
This drops Indiana (52-21) to 2-1 against Washington on the year.
Coming up, the Wizards square off with the Atlanta Hawks, who are 31-40 on the season. The Pacers match up with the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently sitting at 29-45 this year. The Wizards won two of their last three games against Atlanta. The Pacers have been victorious in their last three games against Cleveland.