Player of the Game
Topped 30 points for the third game in a row with 31 on 12-of-20 shooting, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter.
Pacers 44, Wizards 40
Wizards 17, Pacers 12
Pacers 10, Wizards 4
Points off turnovers:
Wizards 17, Pacers 13
Pacers 78, Wizards 36
Wizards 46, Pacers 21
Stat of the Night
END RESULTDanny 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.
IMPACTThe 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.
KEY MOMENTSThe 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 NUMBERSOn 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).