INDIANAPOLIS — For the final seconds of this Monday night matchup, every player on the Washington Wizards' bench stood. They were witnessing something special — at least for this season.

The Wizards' 111-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers secured Washington's first five-game winning streak of the 2017-18 campaign.

Many expected Washington to crash without injured all-star point guard John Wall, but the Wizards have responded to his absence by committing to their team depth. Eight Wizards scored in double figures inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday as Washington beat a playoff contender for the third time during its streak.

"It's fun. It's the game of basketball. Everybody can share the wealth," reserve forward Kelly Oubre Jr. said before smiling and dropping the team's new catchphrase. "Everybody eats, you know."

Indeed, the Wizards are eating.

When Bradley Beal first used the line, it became a source of controversy because some people outside of the Wizards' locker room took it as a shot at Wall. But "everybody eats" — Beal was quoting a line from the movie "Paid In Full" — only represents the team's reformed attitude while compensating for its missing star. And with everyone chipping in, it's easy to explain why the Wizards are playing their best basketball of the season.

"It means a lot," Beal said about the five-game streak. "But we still got a lot of work to do. . . . It's great that we've got five in a row. Our confidence is high, but at the same time we're staying level-headed and keep riding the wave."

As preseason expectations gave way to underachievement, the Wizards became defined by their inconsistency. Before the current streak, Washington hadn't won more than two consecutive games since mid-November but also never dropped more than a pair in a row. This was good enough to keep the Wizards in the playoff hunt, but they could not get within striking distance of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

After these five consecutive victories the Wizards are the hottest team in the East and have pulled into a virtual tie or third in the conference with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they are playing like one of the best offensive squads in the league.

On Monday, Washington shared the ball for 29 assists — the sixth straight game in which the team has collected 25 or more, the longest active streak in the NBA. The Wizards have also shot better than 51 percent in four of their past five games, and since Jan. 1 they rank third in the league in field goal percentage.

"We didn't start the season off shooting the ball well and we had the same situation last year," Coach Scott Brooks said. "I knew eventually it would turn around. Hopefully it continues. We've got some pretty good shot makers. I'd like to get everybody good looks."

The improved ball movement and shot-making carried into chilly Indianapolis. Washington made its decisive push midway through the second quarter by scoring 13 straight points. Beal knocked down a three-pointer and followed with a layup. Then Markieff Morris hit a deep shot while under pressure at the top of the key, making a three then falling after taking contact. Oubre sank a corner three and Beal capped the run with a 12-foot jumper. Each made shot came after an extra pass as Washington built a 55-39 lead, its largest of the first half.

In the fourth quarter, as the Pacers (30-25) trimmed Washington's advantage to 10 points, players still relied on sharing the ball. With the reserves protecting the lead, Mike Scott swung a pass to Jodie Meeks, who hit a spot-up three. Meeks scored five of his 10 points (4 of 6 from the field) in the fourth quarter.

From there, Washington had no problem closing out against a depleted Pacers roster.

Indiana has played surprisingly well this season in its post-Paul George era, relying on newly minted all-star Victor Oladipo, the former DeMatha High standout. But Oladipo sat out Monday night because of an illness, and the Pacers announced before the game that starting point guard Darren Collison would undergo arthroscopic surgery and miss the next two to three weeks.

Even without his starting backcourt, Pacers Coach Nate McMillan played on with only nine in his rotation. Former Wizards forward Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 29 points, but he didn't get enough help.

For the Wizards, depth made all the difference.

Beal scored a team-high 21 points, while three other starters and four reserves also reached double figures. Oubre's energy played a role in Washington's best run of the game when he took offensive fouls on consecutive plays in the second quarter. Besides his defense, Oubre added 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

"I thought everybody chipped in and played well," Brooks said.

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