Celebrating the 35th anniversary of their 1978 championship team, the Wizards put in a championship type performance, taking down the Pacers 104-85. John Wall scored 37 points as the Wizards got their ninth straight win at the Verizon Center.

John Wall did not take long to get going in a very competitive first half. He scored 15 points in the first quarter, and 26 in the half to tie his career high as the Wizards led by three at the break. The second half was no contest though as the Wizards dominated it the whole way. They opened the half on a 12-0 run and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 and eventually winning by 19. The win means the Wizards have now beaten seven of the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams with a chance to get the eighth tomorrow against Boston. The Wizards had not beaten the Pacers since December of 2010.

John Wall was the game's leading scorer, scoring 37 points on 16/25 shooting. Kevin Seraphin added 15 points and Martell Webster had 13.

For the Pacers, Roy Hibbert and David West had double-doubles as Hibbert had 25 points and 10 boards and West had 12 and 10.

The Wizards head to Boston now to take on the Celtics Sunday night.

Trevor Ariza
Points: 5
Rebounds: 5
Assists: 1

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Points: John Wall - 37
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9
Assists: John Wall - 5
Blocks: John Wall - 2
Steals: Trevor Booker - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On having the 1978 World Champion Bullets present:

“I think that was huge. I really do. That’s all the talk was the last two days, was all these guys coming back. I think our guys wanted to come out and not let them down, and try to play our best for them because they knew they were all in the house.”

John Wall Postgame

On enjoying tonight’s game:

“I think whenever you’re playing good and you’re playing your best basketball since you’ve been in the NBA, and after all the stuff I’ve been through this season with injuries and missing so games, and having people say what they say about me, it means a lot to me. Like I said, you couldn’t do it without your teammates being there, helping you and supporting you and my coaching staff.”

Garrett Temple Postgame

On John Wall’s performance:

“He’s just playing amazing. You really can’t say anymore than that. He’s playing great basketball. Being real aggressive when he needs to be. He’s not playing outside of the game plan, not just doing things that make you say, ‘Why is he taking that shot?’ He’s playing within the system and doing what we need him to do, which is push the ball, use his speed and get teams on their heels. That opens up avenues for everybody else.”