Wizards pound Pacers to force Game 6

Wizards pound Pacers to force Game 6
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, battles for a rebound with Indiana Pacers guard George Hill during the Wizards' 102-79 win in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday. (A.J. Mast / Associated Press)

Marcin Gortat had 31 points and 16 rebounds, John Wall scored 27 points and the Washington Wizards rode a 39-rebound advantage to a 102-79 rout of Indiana on Tuesday night, cutting the Pacers' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals to 3-2.

Washington can even the series at home on Thursday in Game 6.

It was a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost the last three. But with Gortat matching a career high in points and posting a playoff career high in rebounds, Washington held a 62-23 rebounding edge.

David West scored 17 points for Indiana.

Washington used a 15-6 run to take a 45-38 halftime lead, extended the margin to 24 after three and to as much as 30 in the fourth.