When it seemed as if the playoffs were coming to a close for the Washington Wizards, John Wall said, “Not so fast.” Just to clarify, that’s Lee Corso’s line and John Wall didn’t say that. But the Wizards showed it on the court Tuesday night. Behind 31 points and 16 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, the Wizards humiliated the Pacers 102-79 in Game 5. After two lopsided losses by the Wizards, they turned it around with a lopsided win. Wall came through for the Pacers, scoring a playoff-best 27 points, 21 of which was scored on jump shots. He shot 11-of-20 from the field. Wall also added five rebounds and five assists. “They didn’t stop me from being aggressive on both ends,” Wall said. “But the biggest thing was just the way we played in the third quarter. They outscored us by like 40 in the other four games, so the third quarter was big for us tonight.”
Although Wall had the same number of turnovers (5) as assists, it did not affect the Wizards at all in this game. The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers 62-23, nearly triple the amount of the Pacers total rebounds for the game. It affected starting C Roy Hibbert, who finished with just four points and two rebounds. The Wizards can not let up and must remain aggressive in Game 6 if they want to win this series.