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Wizards Take 1-0 Lead With 102-96 Win at Indiana

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John Wall moves the ball up-court against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

John Wall moves the ball up-court against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS — Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 on Monday night, leading Washington past top-seeded Indiana 102-96 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.

Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana.

The Wizards trailed only once, 31-30, and took control with a 17-6 run to close the first half that made it 56-43. Indiana couldn’t get closer than five points in the second half.

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Indiana.

The Pacers have lost both of their playoff series’ openers and will face another uphill battle — just days after rallying from a 3-2 deficit to beat Atlanta in seven games in the first round.

Washington made a playoff franchise-record 10 3-pointers, going 10 of 16. Ariza was 6 for 6 with five coming in the first half when he scored a playoff-career best 17 points.

But the Wizards won this one because of their defense, especially late.

After pulling out to a 92-78 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana scored six straight to close to 92-84 with 3:24 left.

But Washington didn’t allow another field goal for nearly 6 minutes — from 7:41 left in the fourth until Indiana’s last-minute 3-point flurry, and by then it was too late.

The Wizards took advantage of a five-day break after beating Chicago in the first round, looking fresh and stealing a page out of the Hawks’ playbook by spreading out the Pacers.

It worked perfectly.

The Wizards jumped to an 8-0 lead and extended the margin to 28-15 after one quarter.

The Pacers spent the second half playing catch-up and the Wizards never let them get closer than two possessions.

After the Wizards took a 68-52 lead midway through the third quarter, the Pacers finally charged back with a 10-0 run that got them within 68-62.

But Washington sealed the game with a 7-0 fourth-quarter run that made it 92-78 with 5:46 to play. It was too much to overcome for Indiana, which made four 3s in the final minute.

NOTES: Washington has won nine of its last 10 dating to the regular season. … Indiana held Washington to 66 points on Jan. 10, the lowest single-game point total this season. It took the Wizards 26:02 to top that mark Monday. … Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne of the Colts attended the game.

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