MIKE DUNLEAVY
Scored 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting with four rebounds in 29 minutes.
DONNIE WALSH
“We are very disappointed with the season that concludes tonight. President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird and I will meet the rest of the week, while attending the NBA Board of Governors meeting, and through the weekend with ownership. As time permits, we will also meet with all players and the basketball staff. We expect those meetings to conclude early next week and at that time we will meet with the media to make announcements regarding the direction of the team.”

RICK CARLISLE
"The guys tonight battled like crazy but couldn’t get over the hump. It’s kind of like our whole year. It’s disappointing, a tough year. We all feel we’ve had our heads in blender all year. This has been as tough a year as most I’ve been involved with. … I just have strong feelings for these guys. It’s been a more emotional ending for me and them too. We felt like we let our fans down by not going to the playoffs. I’m not going to comment on anything now except to say these four years have been great years."

Points in the Paint:
Wizards 26, Pacers 24
Fast-break points:
Pacers 8, Wizards 4
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 13, Wizards 7
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 11, Wizards 11
Starters scoring:
Wizards 66, Pacers 63
Bench scoring:
Pacers 32, Wizards 32
The Wizards outscored the Pacers 32-19 from the free-throw line.
The NBA Draft Lottery will take place May 22. The Pacers will have roughly a one percent chance of obtaining one of the top three picks in the 2007 NBA Draft, otherwise their first-round pick will go to Atlanta to complete the Al Harrington trade.
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  • WASHINGTON 98, INDIANA 95
    Season Ends; Now Real Intrigue Begins

    By Conrad Brunner | April 18, 2007


    And so this most frustrating, disappointing and maddening Pacers season in at least a decade ended with the players doing what they did so often – coming close, but not finishing the job – and the head coach talking of the team's future but not his own.

    The offseason has begun, and with the intrigue.

    In their final regular-season game, the Pacers rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game in the final minute but Indiana's Ike Diogu missed a pair of free throws and Washington's Darius Songaila did not, thus the Wizards escaped with a 98-95 victory Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers finished the 2006-07 season with a 35-47 record, their worst since 1988-89, with losses in their last four games and five of six. They were 7-23 after the All-Star break.

    Entering the game needing a victory to avoid slipping into the eighth seed in the East, the Wizards barely avoided that fate but wound up 41-41, seeded seventh and earning a first-round matchup with Cleveland.


    PLUSES

    With only 10 players available, not including starters Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Jeff Foster, the Pacers offered up a lineup featuring all four players acquired on Jan. 17 from Golden State – Keith McLeod, Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu – for the first time. Dunleavy scored 17 but was plagued by foul trouble. Danny Granger scored 14 with five rebounds but shot just 4-of-10 and committed a costly turnover on the final possession. Diogu shook off a bad first half to score 13 with eight rebounds, but missed the two critical free throws with 25 seconds left. McLeod had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Rawle Marshall emerged from the end of the bench to score nine points in 19 minutes.
    MINUSES
    The perimeter defense couldn't contain the Wizards' penetration, leading to a 32-19 deficit at the free-throw line. Antawn Jamison scored nine of his 19 from the line, and he added 1 rebounds. DeShawn Stevenson scored 15, Antonio Daniels 13 with nine assists and five rebounds, Songaila had 12, Brendan Haywood 11 and Etan Thomas 10 with eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers trailed most of the first half but a nine-point run fueled by McLeod and Diogu pushed them into a 62-60 lead early in the third period. The game went back and forth into the fourth period, when the Wizards put together a 15-5 run to take a 91-83 lead with 3:53 remaining.

    The Pacers finally exploited Washington's defense for a series of trips to the line, as they scored eight in a row without a field goal, to tie the game at 93-all on Danny Granger's pair with 1:08 left. Dunleavy scored a tough low-post basket against a double-team to tie it at 95-all with 30.1 seconds left.

    Daniels then left the door open by missing one of two free throws, giving Diogu the opportunity to push the Pacers into the lead when he was fouled by Haywood with 25.5 seconds remaining. But he missed both and the Pacers sent Songaila to the line, where he made both for a 98-95 lead with 17.8 seconds left.

    On their final offensive possession of the season, the Pacers put the ball in the hands of Granger, who couldn't get a look at a 3-pointer so drove and attempted to drop a pass to Dunleavy for a corner 3-pointer but Jarvis Hayes intercepted to lock up the game for the Wizards.


    TIDBITS
  • The Wizards swept the season series for the first time since 1976-77.
  • McLeod scored in double figures in five of his last seven appearances.
  • The Pacers wound up using 23 different starting lineup combinations, with 17 different players starting at least once, the most of any NBA team.