WASHINGTON (AFP) - The red-hot Washington Wizards kept their win streak alive with a 96-94 overtime victory Wednesday over the short-handed Indiana Pacers, thanks to a 31-point and three-steal performance by John Wall.
Wall also had 10 assists and a half dozen rebounds for the Wizards, who stretched their streak to four consecutive victories.
"You just got to find a way to win," Wall said. "I was being aggressive, taking the shots that were there for me." He scored six straight points to erase an 88-87 lead for the Pacers in the overtime. All Washington had to do was hang on down the stretch.
The Pacers were without Paul George, George Hill, CJ Watson, David West and Rod Stuckey. They lost Lance Stephenson in the offseason after he went to Charlotte. Roy Hibbert and Chris Copeland both missed chances in the closing seconds of overtime with the Pacers trailing by just two points.
Garrett Temple hit four three-pointers and finished with 16 points and seven rebounds and Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, who brought in Paul Pierce this season to be their small forward in place of Trevor Ariza.
The same two teams met in last season's playoff quarter-finals, in which the Pacers eliminated the Wizards in six games. Wall said his team has something to prove after the way the season ended last year.
"Last year we didn't do a good job of taking care of our home court," Wall said. "I think they took the lead at one point tonight and we came out and made big shots. We remember what happened in the playoffs last year and we don't want to go through that again."