Monday, March 05, 2018 1:00 am
Indiana 98 Washington 95
Oladipo scores 33 as Pacers hold off potential playoff foe
IAN QUILLEN | Associated Press
WASHINGTON – For the second straight game, the Indiana Pacers prevailed on the road over a potential playoff rival, even if it wasn't always pleasing to the eye.
Victor Oladipo scored 33 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 as the Pacers defeated the Washington Wizards 98-95 on Sunday despite nearly giving back a 17-point lead.
They nearly did the same thing Friday night in Milwaukee.
“We're going to have to grind it out the rest of the year,” said Oladipo, who helped Indiana move into fourth in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Washington. “It's playoff basketball the rest of the year.”
Myles Turner added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which finished its four-game road trip 2-2 after beginning it with two losses.
Cory Joseph added 16 points while also guarding Washington's leading scorer, Bradley Beal, most of the night. Beal finished with 22 points but shot just 8 of 27.
“It was a team effort to guard him,” Joseph said of Beal. “He missed a couple shots that he normally hits, which helped. But we did a good job.”
Beal added career-high 11 assists. But he missed three potential tying or go-ahead shots inside the final 19 seconds as the Wizards lost their third straight for the first time this season. Beal played nearly 43 minutes and admitted he was tired, but he said that was no excuse.
“You got to go all out,” Beal said. “I got to make them shots.”
As Washington fell to 10-6 in its extended stretch without All-Star point guard John Wall (knee surgery), Beal also committed two of his five turnovers on late possessions when the Wizards could have tied or taken the lead.
Otto Porter Jr. added 17 points as Washington dropped a spot to fifth place, a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, who played later Sunday.
Washington climbed back into the game with a 12-0 run that began late in the third quarter and stretched into the fourth. Beal scored seven in that span, and then found Jodie Meeks for a 3-pointer that cut it to 80-75 with 9:44 left.