Porter Jr. shines, Wizards win fourth straight game

Porter Jr. shines, Wizards win fourth straight game

The Wizards hit 15 three pointers to just four for IN, with the Pacers offsetting a 50% shooting night with 22% from three point range. "We're a team that's playing with a lot of confidence and playing (well) on both ends of the floor". That's why I think this break will be pretty good for us.

"A lot of teams are shooting the ball well against us right now", George said.

On Thursday, the Washington Wizards won for the fourth straight National Basketball Association game after downing the Indiana Pacers 111-98. "We see it on tape and talk about the mindset we need to change", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

If the Wizards come back from the All-Star break without missing a beat, the nation's eyes will soon be glued to Washington, D.C. George made only 6 of 19 shots, including 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

And with Kevin Love out at least six weeks after left knee surgery earlier this week, the Celtics, charged by the sensational 5-9 dynamo Isaiah Thomas; the Wizards; and the Toronto Raptors, who acquired forward Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic Tuesday, believe this season the Cavs can fall from grace. Add in the fact that in is playing back-to-back nights, while Washington will be coming to town rested, and I can't find a reason to pick the Pacers. "I think a break will be good for this team". Markieff Morris scored 21, Bradley Beal had 19 and Marcin Gortat added 12. The squad shot 51.8% from the field.

With plenty of potent offensive options, the Washington Wizards may be evolving into one of the NBA's most risky teams, a characteristic they again exhibited Thursday night.

IN coach Nate McMillan said this team has to find its way quickly.

Porter made 5 of 6 first-quarter attempts from 3-point range, helping the Wizards lead 34-27 through 12 minutes. The baskets were part of an early 17-4 run as the visitors built an early 20-6 lead, their largest of the first half. On Saturday, Glenn Robinson III will cap All-Star Saturday Night in the dunk contest, and Paul George will play off the bench for the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Sunday.

In the fourth, IN kept getting close, but couldn't quite break through. Not having starting power forward Thaddeus Young hurts. Glenn Robinson III started for IN at G IN place of C.J. Miles. That's now 22 straight games with 100+ points. During the six-game losing streak, the Pacers played the Wizards and Cavaliers twice each, Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back and the Spurs. IN ranked second in free throw percentage (81.1) and sixth in steals per game (8.4).

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