Porter leads Wizards in wire-to-wire victory

Sports Xchange

February 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm.

INDIANAPOLIS — Otto Porter Jr. had 25 points and eight rebounds, and the Washington Wizards led from start to finish Thursday night in a 111-98 victory against the struggling Indiana Pacers.

Washington (34-21) also got 21 points and seven rebounds from Markieff Morris, John Wall had 20 points and 12 assists and Bradley Beal added 19 points on a night when the Wizards shot 51.8 percent.

Myles Turner and Paul George each had 17 points to lead the Pacers (29-28), who lost six in a row. George made only 6 of 19 shots, including 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

Indiana allowed at least 110 points in each contest of this six-game losing streak.

Rodney Stuckey’s 3-pointer with 6:47 left sliced the Washington lead to 97-90 after the Wizards led by 14 earlier in the fourth quarter. But a Wall jumper and a Porter 3-pointer pushed Washington’s advantage to 102-90.

Wall’s layup gave the Wizards an 82-69 lead with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Washington led 90-77 after three quarters, shooting 52.3 percent through 36 minutes, including 12 of 23 from 3-point range.

Washington increased its lead to 62-52 at halftime, outscoring Indiana 28-25 in the second quarter. Porter finished the half with 18 points, Morris had 12 and Beal added 11. The Wizards shot 51.1 percent through 24 minutes.

Turner had nine first-half points for Indiana, and Kevin Seraphin added eight. The Pacers also made 23 of 45 field goal attempts in the opening two quarters.

Porter made 5 of 6 first-quarter attempts from 3-point range, helping the Wizards lead 34-27 through 12 minutes. Washington shot 59.1 percent during the first period, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Porter finished the quarter with 15 points.

Seraphin had six first-quarter points to lead Indiana, which shot 57.1 percent in the opening 12 minutes, staying close in part by out rebounding the Wizards 11-6.

NOTES: The Pacers were without starting F Thaddeus Young (sprained left wrist) and backup F Lavoy Allen (sore right knee). Kevin Seraphin started in place of Young/Allen. … Glenn Robinson III started for Indiana at G in place of C.J. Miles. … The Pacers were playing the second of a back-to-back, having lost Wednesday night at Cleveland 113-104. … The Wizards came in leading the NBA in opponents’ turnovers per game (15.6) and third in field goal percentage (47.7). … Indiana ranked second in free throw percentage (81.1) and sixth in steals per game (8.4). … The Wizards and Pacers split two earlier meetings, Indiana winning 107-105 on Dec. 19 in Indianapolis and Washington winning 111-105 on Dec. 28 in the Verizon Center before the Wizards won 112-107 on Friday in Washington.