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Tuesday, March 22 at Washington
Game Rewind: Pacers 85, Wizards 83

END RESULT

Sometimes the biggest plays are the little ones.

David West tapped out offensive rebounds to save three critical possessions in the closing seconds as the Pacers wiped out a 22-point deficit, scored the final eight points of the game and rallied for an 85-83 victory over the Washington Wizards Thursday.

Washington led 83-81 and Paul George missed a 3-pointer, but West tapped it out to Darren Collison, who gave the ball back to George. This time he didn't miss, giving the Pacers their first lead of the game, 84-83, with 1:01 remaining.

Collison then stole the inbounds pass, setting up a wild final possession for the Pacers. Roy Hibbert missed a tough shot in the lane late in the shot clock, but West tapped it out. Collison then ran down the clock before missing a jumper, but West struck again, knocking the ball right back to Collison, who was fouled immediately with 9.5 seconds left.

He made one of two, and then George came up with a big defensive possession, forcing Wall to re-set his dribble and drain valuable seconds off the clock. His second-try floater went in, but was released just after time expired and the Pacers survived.

BY THE NUMBERS

Hibbert scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead the Pacers (27-18), who won their second in a row. Danny Granger scored 15 of his 16 in the second half. West and George scored 13 apiece. The Pacers shot 42 percent overall but hit 51 percent in the second half after falling behind by 20 at the break. George had four steals, West, three and Granger and Hibbert two apiece.

Jordan Crawford led Washington with 21 points and five assists, but scored just three in the second half. Wall had 16 points and nine assists and Chris Singleton matched his career high with 16 points. The Wizards shot 42 percent.