WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Ticker) -- It was Peja Stojakovic's debut with the Indiana Pacers, but it was Antawn Jamison's night to shine.

Jamison scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas scored 20 points as the Washington Wizards held on for an 84-79 victory over the struggling Pacers, who have dropped a season-high six consecutive games.

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Acquired from Sacramento on Wednesday in the trade for Ron Artest, Stojakovic scored 17 points but struggled shooting in his first game with his new team. He made just 4-of-10 shots, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

"I just got a feel for my new teammates and they got a feel for me," Stojakovic said. "We've got to keep working. You think you know the set plays after reviewing them in practice. Then the game comes, and it gets a little bit confusing.

"I think with time it's going to get better. In the second half, I felt more comfortable with the team out there. I just have to be more and more aggressive."

The Pacers did not feel like it was a difficult fit.

"He fit in like he's been here all year," Indiana guard Stephen Jackson said. "We know where he likes his shots. We know his game and he fits in real well. I don't think we're going to have to change anything or slow anything down for him to fit in. He came in and did his thing."

Jamison, who recorded his 22nd double-double of the season, burned the Pacers with his vast repertoire of shots, including scoops and teardrop floaters. The 6-9 forward's follow shot with 4:24 to go capped a 13-6 run and gave the Wizards an 80-65 lead.

"During our stretch when we weren't playing well, I wasn't playing well," Jamison said. "I took it to heart because I understood that if I was playing well it would have been a different story. You really have to look yourself in the mirror and take it upon yourself and try to do better. I just stayed positive and my teammates did a good job of believing in me. As a team, we knew eventually we could get to this point."

"He wants to win - that is his No. 1 priority," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "He is a leader for this team in a different way. He is not loud, verbal or demonstrative, but he leads by gutting it out and fighting for rebounds. He can score from the outside, in the paint and on runners. He has emerged as a major leader for us during this stretch of games."

While the Wizards (21-22) won for the eighth time in their last 11 outings and crept within a win of .500, the Pacers (21-22) dropped below .500 for the first time since March 6, 2005.

Already without starters Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana lost forward Austin Croshere to a possible concussion in the third quarter.

"We're down a lot of players and it looks like we might be down another one tonight," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll see how he's doing (Wednesday). We're down players, which hurts us, but also we're in a situation where we've got zero margin for error.

"We're going to have to make shots. The whole game we were shooting in the 30s. We just could never get anything going offensively to help set up our defense."

Indiana crept within 83-79 with nine seconds left after Fred Jones drained his team's fifth 3-pointer in the final 3 1/2 minutes. But Arenas netted 1-of-2 foul shots to seal the win.

"A team like that is not going to give up," Arenas said. "They are a great 3-point shooting team and when they put five guards in, if you mess up switching defensively, they are going to make the shot."

Arenas added five assists and three steals and Caron Butler collected 13 points and eight rebounds for Washington, which held Indiana to 36 percent (27-of-76) shooting.

"We're passing the ball around a lot," Arenas said. "Everyone is sharing the ball and everyone trusts each other. The way the ball is moving is a success and it is showing."

Jones scored 16 points for Indiana, which made 9-of-32 (28 percent) shots from the arc. Jackson managed just five points on 1-for-11 shooting.

"Yeah, we did get a lot of good looks, especially in the first half," Stojakovic added. "We missed most of those shots and they took advantage. They moved the ball well, especially in the first and third quarters when we tried to make a run. We got good looks, we just couldn't make them."

The Wizards jumped out to a 19-5 lead and never trailed.