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Washington Wizards beat Indiana Pacers to book play-off place

Washington Wizards eased to a 142-115 win over the Indiana Pacers

The Washington Wizards eased to a 142-115 win over the Indiana Pacers to book their place in the NBA play-offs.

The Wizards had lost 118-100 to the Boston Celtics in their first Eastern Conference play-in contest on Tuesday.

But Bradley Beal scored 25 points on Thursday as Washington took their last chance to reach the post-season.

The Wizards secured the eighth seed in the conference and face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the play-offs, beginning on Sunday.

Russell Westbrook combined with Beal to lead a 16-0 run by Washington in the second quarter, before finishing with 18 points and 15 assists.

The Wizards earned their first post-season berth since 2017-18 while the Pacers, for whom Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points, saw their streak of five straight play-off appearances come to an end.

The play-in tournament has been introduced on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season, to determine who takes the seventh and eighth seeded positions in each conference for the play-offs.

The Golden State Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies for the final seed in the Western Conference on Friday evening (02:00 BST on Saturday morning).

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