The Washington Wizards picked up their fifth-straight win with a 111-102 win over the shorthanded Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Victor Oladipo missed the game with an illness and Darren Collison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, which meant the Pacers were without both members of their starting backcourt. Bradley Beal, the one remaining All-Star in the game, feasted on the Pacers’ reserves, scoring 21 points on an array of silky-smooth moves.
.@RealDealBeal23 should probably be an alternate on the Olympic slalom team.#WizPacers pic.twitter.com/MEAIOebDUK— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 6, 2018
He was loose with the ball at times, committing 6 turnovers, but the rest of the team only committed 7 turnovers so the Wizards still wound up turning the ball over less than they usually do on a per-game basis. Meanwhile, Washington forced 15 turnovers which led to 30 points.
With the win, the Wizards improved to 31-22 on the season. A win on Tuesday, coupled with a Cleveland loss, would vault Washington into the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
IAN MAHINMI REVENGE GAME
Technically, this wasn’t Ian Mahinmi’s true revenge game. He played 12 minutes the last time the team traveled to Indiana back in 2017, but it came near the start of his return from knee surgery last season and he didn’t have much of an impact.
He finally got a chance to show Indiana what they’ve been missing since he left on Monday and he did not disappoint. He had one of his best performances of the season with 12 points and 7 rebounds in less than 25 minutes of action. He threw down a pair of emphatic dunks in the fourth quarter that helped stave off the Pacers before they could make a final push to make the game close.
February 6, 2018
IAN AGAIN. #WizPacers pic.twitter.com/w0fNFZvAGd— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 6, 2018
Ian also fouled out, but we’re not going to hold that against him here.
The Jodie Meeks showcase continues
Meeks has quietly had a nice run over the past few games, even as word has come out about his displeasure in Washington. He had 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Over this five-game win streak, he’s averaging 6.8 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field.
It may not be enough to convince other teams that he’s ready to turn the corner, but at least he’s showing he’s still got something in the tank.
- Markieff Morris quietly had a nice game. He hit some crucial baseline jumpers in the third quarter to help keep the Pacers at bay and played some good defense on Thaddeus Young throughout the night, limiting him to 7 points on 10 shots.
- Eight different Wizards reached double-digits in scoring. It’s the third-straight game in which at least seven players have scored at least 10 points. Everybody eats.
- Bojan Bogdanovic also had an amazing revenge game. He finished with a game-high 29 points and hit several tough shots throughout the night to keep this game a lot more competitive than most would have anticipated. Mighty Joe Young was also bananas for the Pacers, going 5-for-8 from deep.
Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Tuesday at 8 p.m. as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.