WASHINGTON -- Forward David West scored 29 points and forward Lance Stephenson had 17 as the Indiana Pacers closed out their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Washington Wizards with a 93-80 victory on Thursday night.
Center Marcin Gortat scored 19 points and guard Bradley Beal added 16 for the Wizards. Washington reached the second round for the first time since 2005 and won games this deep into the postseason for the first time since 1982.
The Pacers opened their largest lead at 56-40 after scoring the first four points of the third quarter. The Wizards slowly pulled closer, trailing 71-63 after the third, and then exploded with a 11-2 run opening the fourth. Beal's pull-up 3-pointer on a fast break gave Washington its first lead since the first quarter.
Washington outrebounded Indiana 62-23 in Game 5 and had more boards in Game 6, winning the battle on the glass for the fifth time in the series. However, the final count was a modest 40-38, not enough of an advantage to help the Wizards offset 39.2 shooting from the field.
NOTES: Indiana shot 58.8 percent from the field in the first half. ... The Verizon Center originally had a scheduling conflict for Game 6 due to a Lady Gaga concert, which ended up being moved to May 12. ... The Wizards gave out red, white and blue T-shirts to fans before Game 6. Wizards coach Randy Wittman joked about an alternative plan considering the team's success in Indianapolis. Washington was 5-1 on the road in the postseason. ... Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin attended his second Game of the series and sat next to rapper and D.C. area native Wale. ... Indiana held Washington without a fast-break point in the first half after doing the same in the second half of its 95-92 comeback win in Game 4.