The Washington Wizards aren’t quite done just yet.
After losing three straight games, including two at home, the Wizards dominated the Indiana Pacers, 102-79 to cut the Pacers lead in their series to 3-2.
It was the largest margin of victory in a postseason road win for the Wizards and the second-largest margin of defeat for the Pacers in a home postseason game.
The Wizards have been very comfortable on the road this postseason, with a 5-1 mark. They were 4-23 on the road in the previous 30 postseasons.
The Pacers have been uncomfortable at home, going 3-4 in the playoffs. They lost only six games at home during the regular season.
The key to the game was a player who was a non-factor in Games 3 and 4.
Difference-Maker: Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat had a game that was as amazing as it was unlikely.
Marcin Gortat vs Pacers
Gortat scored a total of six points in Game 3 and 4. He finished Game 5 with 31 points and 16 rebounds on 13 of 15 shooting.
Gortat’s 86.7 percent field-goal percentage is the best ever by a player in a 30-point, 15-rebound postseason effort.
He’s the first Wizards player with a 30-15 postseason game since Moses Malone had one in 1987.
Gortat excelled against Roy Hibbert, making 7 of 8 shots against him.
Gortat and John Wall (27 points) each had their career playoff high for points in a game.
The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers, 62-23, marking the largest rebounding margin in a playoff game, since 1971 when the Hawks outrebounded the Knicks by 41.
At one point, Gortat was outrebounding the Pacers by himself, 16-15.