Wizards blow out Pacers to keep series alive

Tue May 13, 2014 11:19pm EDT

dMay 13, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington defeats Indiana 102-79. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

dMay 13, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) reacts to a play during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington defeats Indiana 102-79. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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(Reuters) - The Washington Wizards staved off elimination with a dominant 102-79 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, narrowing the deficit to 3-2 in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Marcin Gortat produced 31 points and 16 rebounds and John Wall stepped up with 27 points to lead the Wizards to a blowout win and at least another night of basketball this season.

Having blown a 19-point second-half lead in the previous game, the Wizards were not about to be run down again, turning a seven-point halftime lead into a 24-point cushion through three quarters.

From there they cruised to victory, holding Roy Hibbert to just four points and two rebounds for the top-seeded Pacers.

David West top scored for Indiana with 17.

(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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