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The offense then ground to a halt with Wall on the bench; the Pacers embarked upon an 11-0 run out of halftime to cut the deficit to two, then took their first lead three and a half minutes into the half when Evan Turner knocked down a pair of free throws.

Wall replaced Miller, who was making his first appearance in the second round of the playoffs in 15 years, with 8:02 left — and not only did the offense return, but so did the defense. The Pacers, who made eight of their first 11 shots in the second quarter, sank just three of 12 over the final 5:18, helping the Wizards take a 56-43 lead into halftime.

That lead hit 16 points just over two minutes into the second quarter when Drew Gooden, in the game with Nen in foul trouble, knocked down an open jumper from the right elbow. And though the Wizards went 0 for 11 from the floor over the final 6:12 and watched the Pacers cut their lead to 69-62 entering the fourth quarter, it was no problem.

Beal, who entered averaging 19.8 points per game in the playoffs, had 14 points in the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of threes midway through that pushed the lead to 12 points with 6:19 remaining. A tip-in from Gooden, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench, stretched the lead back to 14 with 5:44 left, but the Pacers‘ attempt to chip away with three-pointers left them six points short.

George, who averaged 23.9 points per game in the seven-game series against the Hawks, shot just 4 for 17 from the floor.