By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — After going down three games to two, the No. 1 seed Indiana Pacers managed to escape the first round and avoid a disastrous result, considering where they were at the All-Star break.
They still have work to do to get back to the conference finals. With more traditional bigs, the Washington Wizards don’t present the unique matchup challenge that the Atlanta Hawks did, but they’re a better team on both ends of the floor, and they just dispatched the team that most resembles the Pacers.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the first round.
Indiana Pacers (56-26)
Beat Atlanta in 7 games.
Pace: 93.0 (7)
OffRtg: 101.6 (12)
DefRtg: 98.2 (1)
NetRtg: +3.3 (7)
- Best fourth-quarter team of the first round, having outscored the Hawks by 24.0 points per 100 possessions in the final period.
- Allowed the Hawks to shoot only 25.8 percent of their shots from the restricted area, the lowest mark of the first round.
- Held the Hawks’ offense to 5.2 points per 100 possessions under its regular season mark, the biggest drop-off in the first round.
- Paul George attempted 5.1 catch-and-shoot 3-pointers per game, second only to Kyle Korver.
- Roy Hibbert shot 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) in the restricted area, the second lowest mark among players who attempted at least 20 restricted-area shots in the first round.
Washington Wizards (44-38)
Beat Chicago in 5 games.
Pace: 88.1 (15)
OffRtg: 104.8 (10)
DefRtg: 100.4 (4)
NetRtg: +4.4 (4)
- Best first-quarter team of the first round, having outscored the Bulls by 28.0 points per 100 possessions in the opening period.
- Worst shooting team in the first round among those that advanced, with an effective field goal percentage of just 47.9 percent.
- Nene was the only player to make more than half of his mid-range shots on at least 20 attempts.
- Among players who averaged at least 20 minutes per game, Trevor Booker had the highest offensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 14.8 percent of available offensive boards.
- John Wall had an effective field goal percentage of 20.0 percent on pull-up jumpers, lowest among players who attempted at least four per game.
- The Wizards were the worst offensive team against the Pacers and the Pacers were the best defensive team against the Wizards.
- Wall averaged just 2.3 free throw attempts per game against Indiana, his lowest average against Eastern Conference opponents.
- The only Pacers to attempt at least 20 shots against the Wizards and shoot better than 40 percent were power forwards David West and Luis Scola.
- The Wizards shot just 33 percent and scored just 75.1 points per 100 possessions in 91 minutes with Hibbert on the floor.
- Wall shot just 5-for-19 (0-for-4 from 3-point range) when being defended by George Hill.
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