Wizards vs. Pacers results, 2014 NBA playoffs: Marcin Gortat dominates as Washington avoids elimination

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Marcin Gortat came alive to make Wizards playoff history as Washington forced Game 6 with a win on Tuesday night.

It's not over yet. The Washington Wizards dominated the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, 102-79, grabbing a win to push the series 3-2 in favor of Indiana.

Washington came out of the gates testy, imposing their will against Indiana's sluggish offense in the first half. Marcin Gortat was particularly impressive, taking control of the paint while the Pacers didn't seem to have an answer for him.

In the second half, the Wizards pulled away, allowing the Pacers to score just 14 points in the third quarter to their 31. John Wall, who has struggled to score the ball for much of the series, finally broke through with a huge game, scoring 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting.

Rebounding was the biggest issue for the Pacers, where Washington finished with an eye-popping margin of 62-23. The Wizards had all of their subs in with four minutes to go, and they cruised to an easy 23-point win.

For Washington, Marcin Gortat led the way with 31 points on 13-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a block. Bradley Beal finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Trevor Ariza scored 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Indiana's leading scorer was David West with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds and three assists. Paul George scored 15 points to go with two assists, two steals, a block and a rebound. Roy Hibbert scored four points.

Game 6 will be in Washington on Thursday on TNT.

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