Marcin Gortat scores 31 as Wizards crush Pacers

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Marcin Gortat scored 31 points and recorded 16 rebounds, while John Wall added 27 points and five rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a blowout victory over the Indiana Pacers, 102-79. The Wizards shot 41-82 (50.0%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 18 boards. The Conference Semifinals now stand at 3-2.

Gortat shot 13-15 from the field, in a good performance. Trevor Ariza also chipped in for Washington, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, David West put up 17 points for Indiana on 7-14 shooting.

Not only did Washington win the battle on the backboards in Game 5, but they've also controlled the glass in the series. The Wizards have corralled 29.3% of available offensive rebounds as well as 86.7% of possible defensive rebounds. From the perspective of the Game 5 loser, Indiana has dominated the turnover battle in this series. They've lost the ball on 12.6% of their possessions compared to 15.8% for the Wizards. The Pacers had an eFG% of just 42.9%, which was combined with an OR% of 8.3 in this game. For comparison, during the regular season they were winless (0-4) in games they dropped below 45% and 20% in those respective offensive factors. On the other hand, the Wizards were 2-1 when limiting their opponents to those numbers or worse.

Washington still trails in the series 3-2, but get another opportunity at home for a win over Indiana in Game 6 of the Conference Semifinals.

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