The Washington Wizards are still alive! They are headed to the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs after a 142-115 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.
I’ll admit it. I prepared for this game expecting a Washington Wizards loss. Because of that, I prepared a piece of the move we’ve been waiting for as a fanbase, the most anticipated move since Ernie Grunfeld’s ouster. But let’s be honest. The Wizards didn't want this to happen, at least right away. So here we are.
They started the first half with a 66-52 halftime lead. Russell Westbrook had a near triple-double in the first two quarters, and Washington shot 56.2 percent while holding the Pacers to just 37.3 percent.
Washington continued their run in the third quarter to put this game out of reach in the third quarter after shooting 75 percent from the field (and 75 percent from three), with Bradley Beal scoring 16 of his 25 points in that period. That helped Washington enter the fourth quarter with a 114-83 lead where the outcome wasn’t in doubt.
Brad with SIXTEEN in the third quarter already!#WizPacers | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/CASS2RlMWm— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 21, 2021
For the Wizards, Westbrook didn’t get a triple-double, but he still had 18 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds. In addition to Beal’s 25 points, Rui Hachimura scored 18 more points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Daniel Gafford had a double double with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks!
DG double-double! 15 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks in the dub. #WizPacers | @Dan_G33 pic.twitter.com/nh5PzFZ2UA— x - Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 21, 2021
As for the Pacers, Domantas Sabonis had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists but was in foul trouble. In fact, he fouled out in this game.
The Wizards will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Game One will be on Sunday, May 23 at 1 p.m ET which you can see on TNT. See you all then!