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Losing a pair at home was disheartening and representative of the inevitable adversity a would-be contender must overcome, sooner or later. The Wizards can continue that process Thursday if they again find pleasure amid pressure.

“At some point, it was just fun to be in the game,” Gortat said. “Everything was working and I felt immortal. I had a lot of energy and it was fun to play today. I will say I was in a zone.”

Few things are less certain than how one NBA playoff game carries over to the next. At this point, the Wizards know Indiana’s strengths and weaknesses perhaps better than their own. But if Washington plays its game and Indiana plays it game, expect to watch another one at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

That’s where the bulb came on for the Wizards, illuminating their capability to turn off the lights Sunday.