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WASHINGTON - Just when it appeared that the intensity of a playoff run was getting to
06-25-2019, 11:50 AM,
WASHINGTON - Just when it appeared that the intensity of a playoff run was getting to
WASHINGTON - Just when it appeared that the intensity of a playoff run was getting to be too much for the Washington Wizards, they pull off a solid win over the Indiana Pacers. D.J. Augustin Jersey . And the Pacers? They played so poorly that it made this weeks win over the Miami Heat look more like an aberration in some late-season doldrums. John Wall scored 20 points, and Marcin Gortat added 17 points and 12 rebounds Friday night as the Wizards avenged two of their biggest losses of the season, never trailing in a 91-78 win over the cold-shooting, turnover-prone Pacers. "Were at the point where we cant just get up for the Miamis or the Chicago Bulls and then come out and get doughnuts against the Wizards or these other teams," said David West, who committed four of Indianas 17 turnovers. "I just dont know if we are handling success and being out front the right way." The Heat beat the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, essentially negating Indianas victory over Miami on Wednesday in the standings. The Pacers lead is back to two games atop the Eastern Conference. "The game Wednesday doesnt mean anything if we dont get the one tonight, and were back at square one," Pacers guard George Hill said. "We gave up another game where we should have won." The Wizards, meanwhile, sit sixth in the East and are almost certainly playoff-bound for the first time since 2008, but their recent uninspired play had led to questions as to whether young players Wall and Bradley Beal had the mettle for a post-season push. Washington had lost four of five, with games featuring wild swings and deficits too big to make up. "Our intensity level for 48 minutes had waned," coach Randy Wittman said. "And wed lost that edge a little bit, in terms of we waited until we got down before we really played with effort and intensity." Not so Friday night against the Pacers, who are responsible for two of Washingtons three losses by 20-plus points this season. This was one of those prove-yourself wins that counts a little extra. "They had our number the first two games," Beal said. "They played way more physical than we did. They kind of did whatever they wanted to when they were at home, but once we got them here we did a great job of just hitting them — and we kept hitting them throughout the whole game." Paul George scored 19 points, and Lance Stephenson had 13 points and matched a career-high with 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost a season-high four straight road games. Indiana committed five turnovers in the first four minutes Friday and shot 35 per cent overall. By halftime, the Pacers were up to 10 turnovers. No. 11 came on the first possession of the second half, when centre Roy Hibbert threw the ball out of bounds. After scoring in the 70s only once in their first 69 games, the Pacers have held below 80 in three of their last four. "Im tired of talking about it," said Hibbert, who went 3-for-8 from the field and had only two rebounds. "Weve been in this rut for a month. I dont know. Ive made my suggestions. You take one step forward and three steps back. One game, and then we play like this. ... Weve talked about that for great length amongst ourselves, private team meetings, all that (stuff), and I dont know." The Pacers finished 2-for-13 from 3-point range. Stephenson went 3-for-13 and missed all five of his 3-pointers. George was 6-for-22 and was unhappy he didnt get more calls. "Its just crazy," George said. "We played against a team the other night where if you breathe on the guy (LeBron James) you know he went to the line. Im not saying Im that calibre player, but its just frustrating." As poorly as the Pacers played, the Wizards didnt truly pull away until late in the third quarter. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster hit 3-pointers in a 10-0 run that made the score 77-56 early in the fourth. Ariza finished just 2 for 12 from the field, and Bradley Beal was 2 for 13. "We guarded our butts off," Beal said. "We didnt necessarily shoot it too well, but we definitely defended." NOTES: Beal played 35 minutes despite suffering a hip pointer in Wednesdays loss to the Phoenix Suns. ... Al Harrington accounted for all of the points in a 10-0 run by the Wizards over 2 1/2 minutes in the second quarter. Womens Magic Jerseys . 1 overall pick in the draft by the Houston Texans, is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Authentic Magic Jerseys . LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. . You can watch coverage on TSN, TSN2 and CTV beginning today at 3pm et/Noon pt. The championships will feature approximately 250 of Canadas best figure skaters in senior, junior and novice as they vie for spots on the national team, international assignments and will act as the final step in the 2014 Olympic qualification process.New Zealand internationals Cory Jane, Victor Vito and Julian Savea have been dropped by Hurricanes after breaking a curfew last weekend. The trio, along with flanker Ardie Savea and prop Chris Eves, will miss the Super Rugby clash against the Reds on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 3, as a punishment for arriving back late to the team hotel before Hurricanes played the Sharks in Durban. Hurricanes suffered a 32-15 defeat to the South African side - a result which leaves them six points behind New Zealand conference leaders Crusaders.  Chris Boyd, the Hurricanes coach, revealed on Thursday that the five players had agreed on a curfew for their two matches in South Africa, but had marginally missed the cut-off time having gone out for the evening.In Durban there is a lot of potential for distraction, he said. The beaches are good, the climate is good, the food is good and everything is cheap. And they had been warned about those distractions. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said the players made a poor error of judgement Subsequently on the Tuesday, which was the night before our day off, five players marginally missed that curfew. They were bound by the team protocols and will miss one game.Boyd refused to reveal the exact time of the curfew but said the players had been back before midnight.This was a one out of 10 offence with a 10 out of 10 punishment, he added. But a protocol is still a protocol. Sean Fitzpatrick picks out the biggest and hardest hits from round 11 of Super Rugby Boyd was unsure if the five players had been drinking, but said the team considered alcohol not to be an issue and the punishment had been for not getting back in time. Arron Afflalo Jersey. We dont discourage consumption of alcohol, he said. Theyre grown men and they make their own decisions. The reason why they have been stood down is not alcohol related. Victor Vito will also miss the clash against the Queensland Reds Boyd said the reason they did not miss the match against Sharks was that the team had only 27 players in South Africa. Dropping the five would have meant Hurricanes could not have fielded a match-day complement of 23.The five players have apologised to the team and management, with Boyd adding: None of them are happy they have made a poor error of judgement.We have talked internally that it shouldnt be a distraction. We know there will be extra scrutiny so were determined to put a performance on back at the Cake Tin. Also See: Hurricanes players in hot water WATCH: Fitzys biggest hits WATCH: Bad challenge or slip? Super Rugby tables Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '

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