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Pacers advance to conference finals with 93-80 defeat of Wizards
Pacers advance to conference finals with 93-80 defeat of Wizards

WASHINGTON -- For all their mysterious slumps and chemistry curiosities, the Indiana Pacers are back where they were last season — in the Eastern Conference finals. David West scored 29 points and the Pacers blew a 16-point lead in the second half before pulling away late in a 93-80 win on Thursday night that ousted the Washington Wizards in six games. Next up, a rematch with the Miami Heat. Lance Stephenson finished with 17 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who earned Game 1 at home against the two-time defending NBA champions on Sunday. Indiana took Miami to seven games in the conference finals a year ago. Marcin Gortat scored 19 points, and John Wall had 12 points and...

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