(Reuters) - The youthful Washington Wizards continued to thrive under playoff pressure as they beat the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 102-96 in the opening game of their Eastern Conference second round series on Monday.
Second-year guard Bradley Beal scored a team-high 25 points, Trevor Ariza added 22 and the Wizards drew first blood against home Indiana in their best-of-seven series. Washington turned heads in the first round of the post-season when they beat the Chicago Bulls in just five games, and are playing in the second round of the playoffs for the first time 2005. The inconsistent play of the Pacers also held form after they needed the full seven games to survive and advance against eighth seed Atlanta in the opening round.
(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)