Oladipo, Pacers hold off Wizards

first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives between Washington Wizards forwards Otto Porter Jr. (22) and Markieff Morris (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — For the second straight game, the Indiana Pacers prevailed on the road over a potential playoff rival, even if it wasn’t always pleasing to the eye.Victor Oladipo scored 33 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 as the Pacers defeated the Washington Wizards 98-95 on Sunday despite nearly giving back a 17-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT They nearly did the same thing Friday night in Milwaukee.“We’re going to have to grind it out the rest of the year,” said Oladipo, who helped Indiana move into fourth in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Washington. “It’s playoff basketball the rest of the year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMyles Turner added 12 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which finished its four-game road trip 2-2 after beginning it with two losses.Cory Joseph added 16 points while also guarding Washington’s leading scorer, Bradley Beal, most of the night. Beal finished with 22 points but shot just 8 of 27. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pelicans keep winning, beat Mavericks “It was a team effort to guard him,” Joseph said of Beal. “He missed a couple shots that he normally hits, which helped. But we did a good job.”Beal added career-high 11 assists. But he missed three potential tying or go-ahead shots inside the final 19 seconds as the Wizards lost their third straight for the first time this season. Beal played nearly 43 minutes and admitted he was tired, but he said that was no excuse.“You got to go all out,” Beal said. “I got to make them shots.”As Washington fell to 10-6 in its extended stretch without All-Star point guard John Wall (knee surgery), Beal also committed two of his five turnovers on late possessions when the Wizards could have tied or taken the lead.Otto Porter Jr. added 17 points as Washington dropped a spot to fifth place, a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, who played later Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pacers: Are now 7-6 in the first game of back-to-back sets. … G Trevor Booker will join the team Monday in Indianapolis. The Pacers signed Booker Saturday after he was released by Philadelphia.Wizards: Are now 2-3 in a stretch of 13 consecutive games against teams that entered Sunday in playoff position. … Coach Scott Brooks received a technical foul or arguing a no-call late in the first quarter after Beal missed a layup contested by Oladipo. … F Kelly Oubre sat out with a sore left foot.UP NEXTPacers: Begin a three-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee.Wizards: Close out their four-game homestand against Miami on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Washington climbed back into the game with a 12-0 run that began late in the third quarter and stretched into the fourth. Beal scored seven in that span, and then found Jodie Meeks for a 3-pointer that cut it to 80-75 with 9:44 left.The Wizards eventually got within one before Beal missed a transition layup with Oladipo and Cory Joseph contesting to keep the score 96-95 with 19 seconds left.From there, Oladipo and Joseph each hit one of two free throws, and Beal missed a game-tying jumper attempt on one possession before his look at a game-tying 3 fell short near the buzzer.Afterward, Oladipo empathized with his opposing shooting guard.“He was exhausted,” Oladipo said. “He played hard, did whatever he could to help his team try to win.”NOT BEAL-ING ITBeal has been Washington’s leading scorer even with Wall in the lineup. But he’s just 19 for 63 (30.2 percent from the floor) during Washington’s three-game skid, well off his 45.7-percent season averageBOJAN’S BACKBogdanovic has had two of his 10 best scoring performances this season against the Wizards, for whom he played played 26 regular-season and 13 playoff games last season. His season high of 29 points came in a 111-102 home loss to Washington on Feb. 5.TIP-INS Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img