Paul George led all scorers with 23 points on 6/15 shooting, and also had eight boards, four assists and three steals. Roy Hibbert added 14 points on 6/19 shooting, David West had 12 points and Luis Scola had 11. Washington was led by Beal with 16 points, Wall scored 15 and Ariza had a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards. Washington actually won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, 45-42.
The Wizards will look to even the series up on Sunday in game 4. Tip-off is at 8pm from Verizon Center. - Jacob Raim
Halftime Update In one of the ugliest offensive halves you will ever watch, the Wizards trail the Pacers by one at the half of game 3, 34-33. The Pacers shot 34.3% and the Wizards were at 31.7%. There was simply no rhythm on either end as both defenses locked down and neither team could get get jump shots to fall. Both teams even struggled at the free throw line with the Pacers at 8/12 and the Wizards were 5/9. Ariza was a bright spot for Washington offensively, shooting 4/5 from the field for 12 points, and he also pulled down six boards, five of them on the offensive end. Speaking of rebounding, the Wizard are on their way to winning the battle of the boards for the third straight game against Indiana, as they outrebounded them by eight in the first half. Wall was the only other Wizards to have any success offensively, shooting 4/8 for eight points. For Indiana, George had 11 points on 3/9 shooting and Hibbert had eight points on 3/3 shooting.
Both teams will be looking to find any offensive consistency and for Washington, it might start with getting up and down the court a little more. Washington had just one transition point that half, and Indiana is a notoriously tough half court team defensively. Second half coming up next from Verizon Center. - Jacob Raim
It's about that time again. It's almost gametime!!!
Marcin wants fans here early and wants them to be loud.
Each fan in attendance will be getting a Boom Banner, which should increase the noise level in here even more than what we heard in the first round series with Chicago.
. @WizardGirlsNBA show us how to use tonight's #dcRising Boom Banners! https://t.co/OpVL2eXRiaNo matter how loud it gets in here, the team needs to perform at a high level if they are to get a win at home tonight.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 9, 2014
Both coaches spoke to the media before tonight's Game 3:
Here are some more scenes from pregame:
8pm tip tonight on ESPN (Radio: 99.1 FM, 1500 AM).
We'll be live chatting on WashingtonWizards.com from opening tip until the final buzzer so come join us and talk #WizPacers Game 3!
The team seemed in great spirits and had a lot of energy as they made their way onto the court for morning shootaround.
They look revived now that they are back at home and playing on their home floor.
Since the postgame pressers after Game 2 to today's shootaround, the guys keep talking about the home crowd and how they'll need them to be loud tonight.
"I want them to cheer louder than they ever have before." - Gortat
So if you're coming to the game tonight, get there early and make sure your presence is felt!
Here's some more video from the guys this morning talking about the game:
It's an 8pm start tonight on ESPN (Radio: 99.1 FM, 1500 AM).
Be sure to watch the American Express Home Court Advantage pregame show at 7:30 on Monumental Network.
We'll be back to check in with more pregame before Game 3 of #WizPacers!
The team returned home to Washington and were back on the practice court on Thursday.
The series is now tied at 1-1 and all the attention is on Friday's Game 3.
The players mentioned the crowd needing to play a big part of the atmosphere, to be there early, and to be loud to give the team that added energy and a real home court advantage.
Video from Thursday's practice:
We'll have more after shootaround this morning.