The Wizards had won five-of-six coming in and had been the team making plays in the clutch.
But Monday night it was Thaddeus Young who hit a running floater to give the Pacers a 107-105 win over the Wizards.
Markieff Morris defended the play well. Young got the ball out high, didn’t get to turn the corner cleanly coming to the basket, and Morris was right on him the whole way contesting the shot. But insert your favorite basketball shooter’s cliché here — “good offense beats good defense” or “it’s a make-or-miss league and he made it” — they all apply here. Young made the play.
Paul George had 27 to lead the Pacers in a game between two teams in the thick of a crowded Eastern Conference (going into Monday night two games separated the four and 11 seeds).