Turner leads Pacers past Wizards

Myles Turner

(Field Level Media) Myles Turner had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points and the Indiana Pacers held off the visiting Washington Wizards 109-101 last night for their fourth straight win.

Tyreke Evans scored 18 points for the Pacers, who squandered all but one point of a 25-point third quarter lead. Darren Collison had 17 assists.

Bradley Beal, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, led Washington with 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 off the bench.

The Wizards played without point guard John Wall (bone spur, left heal).

Indiana won despite committing 23 turnovers to 12 for Washington. The Pacers outrebounded the Wizards 50-34.

After trailing by nine at halftime, the Wizards got to within six early in the third quarter, but Evans scored five quick points and the Pacers were off on a 21-9 run and led 80-60.

The Pacers led by as many as 25 before Washington cut the deficit to 87-75 after three quarters.

Markieff Morris’s 3-pointer pulled Washington within 87-81 with 9:55 remaining and Oubre’s basket made it 91-87.

The Wizards got to within one on Beal’s free throws at 4:45, but Turner’s 15-footer made it 105-99 with 1:53 remaining.

The Pacers got a Thaddeus Young layup off his offensive rebound to make it 107-101 with 37 seconds left, and Evans stole the Wizards inbounds pass to ice it.

The Wizards trailed by seven in the first quarter but hit 5 of 6 from the 3-point range and closed to within 33-29 after one quarter.

With Washington leading 50-49 late in the second quarter, Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer and scored eight points in a 10-0 Pacers run to intermission.

Bogdanovic had 13 points in the half. Beal had 11 for the Wizards.

Sam Dekker, acquired in a trade last week, made his Wizards’ debut and scored two points in 10 minutes.

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