Playoff Pixels, Wizards vs. Pacers (Game 5): Long live these Wizards

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The losers of three straight, including two particularly dispiriting losses at Verizon Center, the Wizards appeared to be dead in the water heading into Game 5, down 3-1 to the Pacers. But in a #SoWizards turn of events, both John Wall and Marcin Gortat had breakout games in a dominant 102-79 win to keep Washington's postseason alive.

OK, so maybe this was an unfortunate headline. But I'm back to remind everyone that, after a thorough 102-79 beatdown of the Pacers in Game 5, the Wizards still...well, they're still in the series.

With their season on the line, the Wizards came through marvelously, especially Marcin Gortat (31 points, 16 rebounds) and John Wall (27 points, five assists, five rebounds), who each turned in a career-best postseason performance. Bradley Beal took a backseat but still played a very good game, with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Trevor Ariza wasn't a force offensively (10 points), but he collected 10 rebounds and limited Paul George to 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

Nene was close to a non-factor, with four points, four rebounds and four assists, and the AARP unit was pretty bad this game, but it didn't matter with Wall and Gortat playing so well. The Wizards led by 30 with two minutes left in the game, and the final score only ended up being as close as it was because the Pacers went on a quick 9-0 run after Randy Wittman had pulled his starters. If you read only one thing about this game, make it the section of Mike's Bullet-in regarding Wittman and Wall's confidence heading into Game 5, and particularly Mike's take on Wittman's biggest strength as a coach. It can't be said any better.

Onto Game 6, guys. Regardless of how it goes, I think it's safe to say we should all be very proud of this team. They've made it further than basically anybody reasonably thought they could to begin this season (and postseason, really). If Indiana wins and takes the series in D.C., at least it will give the home crowd a chance to send the Wizards to the offseason with a deserved standing ovation. If the Wiz take Game 6...well, who wouldn't love their chances on the road at this point?

KEY LINKS

Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | SB Nation (recapGortat sidebar) | Washington Post (gamersidebarJReid columnWise columnWall sidebar) | DC Sports Bog (best-worstGortat/Shaq luvGame 6 shirtshomecourt disadvantage?) | Washington Times (gamercolumn) | CSN Washington (recapWall sidebarrebounding sidebaradjustmentsby-the-numbers)  | Truth About ItWiz of Awes | District Sports Page (recapanalysis) | DC Sports BoxGrantlandSI | CBS Sports (recapGortat sidebar) | Bleacher ReportNBC WashingtonFansidedESPNVavelWizards.comMonumental Network

Home team recaps: Indy Cornrows StoryStream | Indy Star (gamersidebarcolumn) | Fox59 | 8 Points 9 Seconds (recapgrades) | Pacers PulseESPNFiveThirtyEightCBS SportsNBA.comPacers.com

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanMarcin GortatJohn WallBradley BealTrevor ArizaDrew GoodenOtto PorterFrank VogelPaul GeorgeDavid WestGeorge HillLance Stephenson

Fast Break w/ Dave & Glenn

KEY STATS

62 - There really is only one stat from this game, and it's that the Wizards outrebounded the Pacers, 62-23. Don't worry, I checked, and then triple-checked, and that's not a typo. The Wizards grabbed damn-near three rebounds for every board the Pacers collected.

39 - Indiana's shooting percentage against the Wizards, who themselves shot 50 percent in Game 5.

6 - Combined points (4) and rebounds (2) for Roy Hibbert in Game 5.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO(s)/GIF(s) OF THE NIGHT

(H/T GD & Dawk Ins)

FIRST HALF GAMETHREAD COMMENT(s) OF THE NIGHT

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SECOND HALF GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

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GAME RECAP COMMENT(s) OF THE NIGHT

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FIRST HALF GAMETHREAD ROLL CALL

# Commenter # Comments
1 qthaballa 59
2 NewCavsfan 49
3 lobster11 38
4 DCrez 36
5 BEALiever 35
6 TheBackCourt 32
7 Yeti60 29
8 Rice2012 27
9 terpsDC 24
10 khrabb 23
11 Astilita 20
12 the new Bradfather 19
13 Knowledge92 16
14 dc_chilling 15
15 ryanwadams 14
16 novadada 14
17 LRJ 13
18 ywlee22 12
19 Craig_ 12
20 nesby8 11
21 murtd1 9
22 Baird15 9
23 EarlBoykinsII 8
24 LeRibLover329 8
25 LezBoules 7
26 Nickdogggmoneycash 7
27 pplchamp 6
28 oakhillsteeze 6
29 KappakidToo 5
30 satchmore 5
31 t0Shihiro 4
32 Mahlerh 4
33 BackScreenLob 4
34 WizADeveryday 3
35 John Wall Stan 3
36 Chetho 2
37 PAClark11 2
38 tw10 2
39 DCSportsGuy 1
40 tengis 1
41 Mike Prada 1
42 RCpige 1
43 ExcuseMeDearSir 1
44 KurisuDevil 1
45 Emmet O'Neal 1
46 WindyRindy 1
47 g zeller 1
48 WizardFan 1
49 g_andal16 1
50 TeamDC 1
51 DiffFan08 1
52 BadMoveSmoove 1
53 Hulk_07 1
54 natsbat4ws 1
55 daca 1
56 spotless 1
57 Mandark 1
58 Horcasitas4 1

SECOND HALF GAMETHREAD ROLL CALL

# Commenter # Comments
1 BEALiever 47
2 NewCavsfan 45
3 ywlee22 36
4 LRJ 35
5 Rice2012 34
6 qthaballa 33
7 DCrez 30
8 lobster11 29
9 BealMVP4ever 29
10 terpsDC 27
11 TheBackCourt 27
12 satchmore 25
13 khrabb 24
14 Yeti60 21
15 the new Bradfather 21
16 KappakidToo 21
17 tw10 21
18 imperialme 20
19 njccc 19
20 murtd1 19
21 Astilita 18
22 hscer 18
23 Craig_ 17
24 richkam14 17
25 jazzy1 14
26 Knowledge92 14
27 ZonkerBL 12
28 dc_chilling 11
29 ryanwadams 11
30 nesby8 11
31 LeRibLover329 11
32 EarlBoykinsII 10
33 Palace of Good Play's Golden Toilet 7
34 DCPerspective 7
35 novadada 6
36 ThePGPhenomenon 5
37 ATrueNigerian 5
38 KurisuDevil 4
39 1Bibby0 4
40 gilsix 4
41 kyleMaroc 4
42 Nickdogggmoneycash 4
43 PAClark11 4
44 DCSportsGuy 3
45 Baird15 3
46 TeamDC 3
47 Chris Rasmussen 3
48 daca 3
49 RCpige 3
50 Rook6980 3
51 jaffejoe 3
52 t0Shihiro 3
53 Emmet O'Neal 3
54 abala 2
55 RavensNation1 2
56 John Wall Stan 2
57 stanis3k 2
58 hambonejackson 2
59 sluMDoc 1
60 NRKgoSKINS 1
61 Wizard fan in So Cal 1
62 tengis 1
63 MeToo 1
64 BackScreenLob 1
65 diplomaniac 1
66 Chetho 1
67 oakhillsteeze 1
68 little stevie colter 1
69 TerpsCountry 1
70 whitecollarthug 1
71 rsilbe 1
72 Chillinois 1
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