With their backs against the wall, the Wizards came out and absolutely dominated game 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, winning 102-79 to stay alive. The Pacers still lead the series 3-2 as it shifts back to Washington. The Wizards were up by seven at the half, and turned on the gas in the third quarter, outscoring Indiana 31-14 in the frame that had been their Achilles heel to put the Pacers away. Washington outrebounded Indiana by an astonishing margin, 62-23, and outshot them 50% - 39%.

Marcin Gortat and John Wall were stars for Washington, as both set new playoff career-highs in points scored. Gortat had 31 points on 11/13 shooting along with 16 boards, while Wall had 27 points, five assists and five boards. Bradley Beal chipped in 18 points and Trevor Ariza had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

For Indiana, David West led them in the loss with 17 points and six boards while George had 15 points.

The series now moves back to Verizon Center where the Wizards will once again be fighting for their playoff lives. Game 6 is Thursday at 8pm.

Key Moment

The entire third quarter was the key to this one. The Wizards had yet to win a third quarter in the series and were one game removed from throwing away a 19 point lead in the third frame. This time around, the Wizards took a seven point lead and extended it to 24 by winning the third quarter 31-14.

Player of the Game

Marcin Gortat was absolutely dominant in the paint, tying his career-high for points scored (regular season or playoffs) with 31 on a very tidy 11/13 shooting. He also pulled down 16 boards and was a game-high +35. There was a point in the third quarter where he and Wall were outscoring Indiana by themselves.

Key Number

39. The Wizards outrebounded the Pacers by an incredible 39 boards. Four Wizards had more than six boards, or the number that the Pacers rebounding leader David West had.

Unsung Hero

Nene picked up his fourth foul early in the second half, which meant big second half minutes again for Drew Gooden. He didn't get on the scoresheet, but pulled down nine rebounds, three of them coming on the offensive end and was a +13.

By: Jacob Raim

Field Goal %: 50.0%

3 Point %: 27.8%

Assists: 21

Rebounds: 62

Opponents Field Goal %: 39.0%

Points: Marcin Gortat - 31

Rebounds: Marcin Gortat - 16

Assists: Wall and Ariza - 5

Blocks: Nene - 2

Steals: Nene and Ariza - 2