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NBA  Wednesday 11/26/2014Line$ LineOU LineGame InfoScore
BROOKLYN at PHILADELPHIA   @ 7:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
701:  BROOKLYN
 
702:  PHILADELPHIA
-8.5  -110

+8.5  -110
-400

+300

198.5
 
WASHINGTON at CLEVELAND   @ 7:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
703:  WASHINGTON
 
704:  CLEVELAND
+7  -110

-7  -110
+220

-300

200
 
GOLDEN STATE at ORLANDO   @ 7:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
705:  GOLDEN STATE
 
706:  ORLANDO
-9  -110

+9  -110
-450

+325

200.5
 
PORTLAND at CHARLOTTE   @ 7:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
707:  PORTLAND
 
708:  CHARLOTTE
-5.5  -110

+5.5  -110
-220

+180

193.5
 
LA CLIPPERS at DETROIT   @ 7:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
709:  LA CLIPPERS
 
710:  DETROIT
-8  -110

+8  -110
-360

+280

197
 
TORONTO at ATLANTA   @ 7:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
711:  TORONTO
 
712:  ATLANTA
-4  -110

+4  -110
-175

+155

204.5
 
NEW YORK at DALLAS   @ 7:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
713:  NEW YORK
 
714:  DALLAS
+13  -110

-13  -110
+650

-1050

201
 
MILWAUKEE at MINNESOTA   @ 8:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
715:  MILWAUKEE
 
716:  MINNESOTA
-1.5  -110

+1.5  -110
-120

+100

203
 
SACRAMENTO at HOUSTON   @ 8:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
717:  SACRAMENTO
 
718:  HOUSTON
+5  -110

-5  -110
+175

-210

192.5
 
UTAH at OKLAHOMA CITY   @ 8:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
719:  UTAH
 
720:  OKLAHOMA CITY
+4  -110

-4  -110
+155

-175

185
 
INDIANA at SAN ANTONIO   @ 8:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
721:  INDIANA
 
722:  SAN ANTONIO
+13.5  -110

-13.5  -110


186.5
 
DENVER at PHOENIX   @ 9:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
723:  DENVER
 
724:  PHOENIX
+8.5  -110

-8.5  -110
+300

-400

216.5
 
MEMPHIS at LA LAKERS   @ 10:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
725:  MEMPHIS
 
726:  LA LAKERS
-7  -110

+7  -110
-300

+220

202.5
 

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's unclear exactly when John Wall got his mojo back. Maybe it started on the plane ride to Indianapolis, when he watched movies and remained unusually quiet while thinking to himself: ''If we lost this series, I'd put it all on my shoulders.''

Maybe it was before the game, when he confessed his frustration to Randy Wittman and was promptly admonished by the coach: ''He was like, `I never want to hear you say that ever again, because I know how confident you are in yourself and I know how competitive you are.'''

Maybe it was when teammate Marcin Gortat, who had also been struggling in the series, pounded Wall on the chest after the starting lineups were announced and offered support ''no matter what.''

One thing is clear: If the Washington Wizards manage the improbable and overcome a 3-1 series deficit against the Indiana Pacers, the turning point will be the moment their All-Star point guard stopped playing like a playoff novice.

''You can get down on yourself pretty easy,'' Wall said.

Unable to hit a shot or come through in clutch late-game situations in the first four games, Wall was all over the stat sheet in Tuesday's Game 5 rout: 27 points, five rebounds, five assists, five turnovers. He and the Wizards stayed alive, but only one-third of the would-be comeback is complete as they return home for Thursday's Game 6, trailing 3-2 in the series.

To get it done, they'll need similar efforts from Wall, whom teammates have dubbed the Wizards' ''head of the snake.''

''For the first time in 102, 103 games that we had this season, I seen this guy that didn't want to talk to anybody,'' Gortat said. ''He didn't want to interact with anybody. He didn't rap before the game. He didn't laugh before the game. I guess it's just a lot of things around basketball that has influence on him. ... But at the end of the day, I'm with him. End of the day, I'm going to jump in the fire behind this guy.''

Wall was 16 for 51 from the field, including 1 for 11 from 3-point range, in the first four games. The pressure of the postseason seemed to get the better of him when he unwisely rushed a shot or two and got stripped late in Game 2, then passed up a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied Game 4.

Still to be determined is whether he has solved his late-game jitters - Tuesday was a 23-point win, so he sat almost the entire fourth quarter - but he finished 11 for 20 from the field in Game 5, including 3 for 6 behind the arc, and he ran the floor with authority.

Wittman said he told Wall before the game: ''You go out there and play as aggressive as you can at both ends of the floor and don't worry about mistakes, and don't worry about made or missed shots. You've got to be aggressive.''

''When he's tentative,'' Wittman added, ''that's not John.''

Game 5 was a change of pace on many fronts. For one, the Wizards realized that halftime is only 15 minutes long. After losing the third quarter by an average 10 1/2 points through the first four games, Washington pulled away with a 31-14 third period.

Gortat, barely a presence in Games 3 and 4, again proved worthy of his ''Polish Hammer'' nickname with 31 points and 16 rebounds. The Wizards' rebounding margin of plus-39 (62-23) tied for third highest in NBA playoff history.

''We should never get outrebounded by 40,'' Indiana's Paul George said. ''It was like their life was dependent on those rebounds.''

Now the Wizards have to figure out how to bring the road show home. They are 5-1 away in this year's playoffs and just 1-3 at the Verizon Center.

''Everybody knows how we play at home. Quite honestly, we struggle at home,'' Gortat said. ''It's going to be huge pressure.''

Much of the pressure will again be on Wall, with the Pacers attempting to stop the mojo revival and avoid a Game 7.

''John actually hit some shots and things like that,'' Indiana's George Hill said. ''As a guard I've got to get better and try to make it tough on him again, and not let him get off like that.''