Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Topped 30 points for the third game in a row with 31 on 12-of-20 shooting, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Dunleavy -1 -63
Ford DNP -173
Foster DNP -9
Granger +9 -62
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +1
Hibbert DNP -4
D. Jones +6 -251
S. Jones 0 -145
McRoberts +17 -69
Murphy +15 -291
Price +2 +18
Rush +19 -193
Watson +18 -143
Noteworthy
  • Roy Hibbert missed his first game of the season with a bruised jaw, the result of an elbow from Detroit's Ben Gordon Tuesday night. This was just the second time in two seasons he has missed a game due to injury.
  • Mike Dunleavy did not return after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter but Coach Jim O'Brien said he was held out only as a precaution and could've returned if necessary.
  • The Wizards' 82 points represent the fewest by a Pacers' opponent since the L.A. Clippers scored an opponent season-low 73 points at the Fieldhouse, 11/25.
  • The Pacers have swept a back-to-back for the first time since Dec. 11-12.
  • The last two games are the first time Indiana has held two consecutive opponents under 90 points since Nov. 4-6.
  • All five starters scored in double figures for just the fifth time this season, but the second time in the last three games. Indiana is 5-0 this season in those games.
  • Tonight's starting lineup of Granger, Murphy, McRoberts, Rush and Watson is the 25th different combination utilized by the Pacers this season.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pacers 44, Wizards 40
    Second-chance points:
    Wizards 17, Pacers 12
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 10, Wizards 4
    Points off turnovers:
    Wizards 17, Pacers 13
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 78, Wizards 36
    Bench scoring:
    Wizards 46, Pacers 21
    Stat of the Night
    In the four-game win streak, the Pacers' starters have outscored their counterparts 339-175, an average margin of 41 per game.
    Up Next
    The Pacers host the Utah Jazz Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    Danny Granger is playing like a guy trying to make up for lost time.

    Determined to finish an otherwise frustrating season on a positive note, Granger scored at least 30 points for the third consecutive game, producing 11 of his 31 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers bounced the Washington Wizards 99-82 Wednesday before 12,504 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Though starting center Roy Hibbert missed the game with a bruised jaw, Josh McRoberts stepped into the lineup and produced the second double-double of his career with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes, providing much-needed energy to a team playing its third game in four nights.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers won their fourth straight game, their longest streak since a five-gamer in early November, to improve to 26-46. They also won their season-best sixth in a row at home, where they're 18-16. They also handed the Wizards their 13th consecutive loss, tying their franchise record. Washington fell to 21-49 overall, 9-26 on the road.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • "He did a nice job when they switched the pick and roll. He got us off to a very good start. I was happy with how he played." – Jim O'Brien on McRoberts
  • "I think he’s playing with a lot of energy. He’s aware that these aren’t unimportant games in terms of helping the franchise. What he’s given us the last 10, 11 games is the Danny we know.” – O'Brien
  • “This was one of our sluggish performances. We missed a lot of shots, missed a lot of plays. We played OK. Good enough to come away with the win." – A.J. Price
  • “After getting out there, it was very tough to keep up the energy level that I need to play in this league. I was able to get my second wind in the second quarter and this helped me finish the game out." – McRoberts
  • "As a team we appear to be hitting our strides, knowing each other a lot better, pulling together more and able to close games out." – McRoberts
  • "Josh McRoberts definitely surprised us tonight. He came out real aggressive on the boards, got a lot of offensive rebounds and put backs, and he was getting out on the break and just doing a good job of hustling. I tip my hat off to him for the way he played tonight.” – Wizards forward Andray Blatche

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Wizards remained within striking distance much of the night as the Pacers were sluggish. After Washington put together an 11-4 run in the second quarter to take its first – and only – lead of the game, 42-41, the Pacers closed the half on a 8-0 run, five from Brandon Rush, to take a 49-42 lead into the break.

    The run continued out of the locker room as the Pacers outscored the Wizards 14-4 to open the third quarter and push the lead to 63-46. Washington wasn't quite done yet as Nick Young sparked a 12-2 burst spanning the quarters as the Wizards cut the lead to 74-64.

    Each time Washington would make a thrust, the Pacers would answer. After Andray Blatche's 3-pointer cut it to 81-71, Granger had a dunk and a 3-pointer to make it a 15-point lead. Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to cut it to 93-82 but Earl Watson scored in the lane to beat the shot clock, drawing a foul and converting the and-one for the clinching bucket, putting the Pacers up 96-82 with 1:40 left.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    On a night when the Pacers otherwise struggled with their shots, Granger was on, hitting 12-of-20 overall and 4-of-5 from the 3-point line. The rest of the team combined was 2-of-23 from the arc. McRoberts had 14 points, 12 boards, two assists and two blocks. Murphy had his 33rd double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds. A.J. Price scored 12 off the bench, while Rush shot 4-of-14 (missing all six of his 3-point tries) and scored 11. Watson had 10 points and seven assists. The Pacers shot 45 percent overall but were 6-of-28 from the arc and missed 10 of their 29 free throws.

    Blatche led the Wizards with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. James Singleton had a big game off the bench with 19 points and 21 rebounds. Young finished with 12. The Wizards shot 37 percent overall and had more turnovers (13) than assists (11).



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