Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
One of the toughest things to do is play back to back games on the road and at home in the NBA. Tonight the Wizards showed us that the debacle last night in Cleveland was put behind them and a full scale running over the Pacers was put into the spotlight tonight at home in a 107-89 victory.
You can see from the start of this game that the Pacers do not have a real scoring threat since the injury to Victor Oladipo. They failed to put together more than 3 scoring runs tonight against the Wizards that actually would have kept them in the game to some degree. They came close before halftime on a 8-0 run, but the Wizards behind Beal and his bench helped close the door on any chances they would get any closer to start the second half.
Beal scored 25 points, Jeff Green added 23 to lead another productive night from Washington’s bench, and the Wizards beat the reeling Pacers 107-89 on Wednesday night.
Green had 16 points in the first half to help spell Beal, who came in second in the NBA in minutes at 37.2 per game, and the Wizards’ reserves scored 58 points. Washington’s second unit also led a fourth-quarter rally that just fell short against Cleveland a night earlier.
“In order to make the playoffs, be in the playoffs, succeed in the playoffs, you’ve got to have a good bench,” Beal said. “They did an excellent job the last two nights of carrying us, pretty much.”
After the game, the Wizards informed Gary Payton II that he had been waived. He will return to the Houston Rocket G League team. Washington will have a chance to resign him after the All Star break if they chose to do so.