Here are some critical stats that left the Wizards just short of their first Eastern Conference finals appearance since 1979:
Field goal percentage for the Wizards in the fourth quarter of Game 6. Bradley Beal had just made a three-pointer to punctuate an 11-2 run and give the Wizards their first lead of the second half with 8 minutes 31 seconds to play. The Verizon Center was rocking with resurrected hope. The Pacers appeared on the verge of another collapse. But just as he did all night, David West came through with a mid-range shot. He followed with another, sparking a 20-6 Pacers run to close the game. In the second half, West made 9 for 18 shots for 18 points while the rest of Indiana’s starters went 8 for 20 for 23 points. Washington fell into the temptation of trying to win the game in one shot, as seven of its final 14 shots were three-pointers – all of which missed. Which brings us to the next number…
2 for 18
Washington’s shooting performance from three-point territory. The outing continued the Wizards’ struggle from long range in the series, during which they went 31 for 104 (29.8 percent). Take away Game 1, when the Wizards went 10 for 16, and that number drops to 21 for 88 (23.9 percent). The timely shots from Beal and Trevor Ariza just didn’t fall against the Pacers like they did against Chicago, when the Wizards shot 31 for 81 (38.3 percent) from long range.
4:33 and 5:02
Total time in minutes and seconds of the Wizards’ longest field-goal droughts during the second and fourth quarters. The first came early in the second quarter but fortunately for the Wizards, Indiana was equally cold and only extended its lead from eight to 11 points. The second drought proved more costly, as the Wizards’ three-point deficit was extended to a 12-point hole during the latter part of the fourth quarter. Overall, the Wizards shot just 39 percent while the Pacers hit 51 percent of their field goals, which also contributed to Washington’s inability to dominate the boards as it did in Game 5. Can’t rebound the ball (or create transition opportunities) if the opponent keeps making its shots.
Times the Pacers scored more than 100 points during the series. Indiana averaged just 89 points in six games, which sounds like a formula for beating a team. But the stat speaks to the Pacers’ ability to dictate the flow of the series by slowing down the pace and working the ball inside. In both of the Wizards’ wins, they scored 102 points. But in defeat, they averaged just 79.3 points, far from their regular season average of 100.7.
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