Keys to victory: Wizards 102, Pacers 79

May, 13, 2014
The Washington Wizards aren’t quite done just yet.

After losing three straight games, including two at home, the Wizards dominated the Indiana Pacers, 102-79 to cut the Pacers lead in their series to 3-2.

It was the largest margin of victory in a postseason road win for the Wizards and the second-largest margin of defeat for the Pacers in a home postseason game.

The Wizards have been very comfortable on the road this postseason, with a 5-1 mark. They were 4-23 on the road in the previous 30 postseasons.

The Pacers have been uncomfortable at home, going 3-4 in the playoffs. They lost only six games at home during the regular season.

The key to the game was a player who was a non-factor in Games 3 and 4.

Difference-Maker: Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat had a game that was as amazing as it was unlikely.

Gortat scored a total of six points in Game 3 and 4. He finished Game 5 with 31 points and 16 rebounds on 13 of 15 shooting.

Gortat’s 86.7 percent field-goal percentage is the best ever by a player in a 30-point, 15-rebound postseason effort.

He’s the first Wizards player with a 30-15 postseason game since Moses Malone had one in 1987.

Gortat excelled against Roy Hibbert, making 7 of 8 shots against him.

Gortat and John Wall (27 points) each had their career playoff high for points in a game.

Rebounding dominance
The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers, 62-23, marking the largest rebounding margin in a playoff game, since 1971 when the Hawks outrebounded the Knicks by 41.

At one point, Gortat was outrebounding the Pacers by himself, 16-15.



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