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WALL MAKE 36 POINTS FOR WIZARDS AND DESTROY PACERS

John Wall has 36 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards held off the Indiana Pacers 111-105 on Wednesday night despite playing the second half without Bradley Beal.

Otto Porter Jr. makes 22 points for Washington and Wall finished one assist shy of his first triple-double of the season. Beal, who sprained his right ankle in the first quarter, had 12 points in 18 minutes.

Paul, George scored 34 points and Jeff Teague make 19 points and 11 assists for the Pacers, who trailed by 11 after three quarters and cut the deficit to two late in the fourth quarter.

Marcin Gorat had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Washington.

The Wizards are 8-3 in their last 11 games, and they have won seven straight at home.

The Wizards are 8-3 in their last 11 games, and have won seven straight at home. They’re within a game of. 500 for the first time since losing on their opener en route to a 2-8 start.

Indiana has lost four straight since beating Washington on Dec. 19.

The Wizards led by 13 early in the third quarter, but Indiana closed to 71-68 after an 8-0 run, capped by George’s 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the third quarter. After Marcus Thornton’s basket, Wall put 12 straight Wizards points as they built the lead to 85-74 at the end of three.

Indiana  rallied and George’s two free throws with 6:41 left in the game cut it to 91-86. Porter hit a 3-pointer from the wing, but George answered with a 3.

George hit another 3 at the 3:04 mark and Indiana trailed 96-94. Porter pushed the lead back to five when he shoots for a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:40 left and Indiana got no closer than 109-105 with 26 seconds left.

George picked up his third foul 3:47 left in the second quarter and the Wizards then outscored the Pacers 19-8 for a 58-48 halftime lead.

Beal fell when he was fouled by Monta Ellis while driving for a lay-up late in the first quarter. Ellis limped to the foul line and remained in the game.

After the quarter ended, the trainer examined Beal’s right ankle and Beal then went to the locker room. He returned to the game with 5:52 left in the first half, but he dosen’t play in the second half after being listed as questionable.