Player of the Game
Scored a career-high 29 points in his hometown, adding seven rebounds and a blocked shot.
Pacers 44, Wizards 40
Pacers 19, Wizards 4
Pacers 16, Wizards 16
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 20, Wizards 18
Pacers 71, Wizards 49
Wizards 49, Pacers 26
Stat of the Night
END RESULTThe 3-point shot deserted them at the end. And in the beginning, not to mention the middle.
Missing 19 from the arc, including all six in the fourth quarter and three open looks in the final two minutes, the Pacers blew a 14-point lead and lost their regular-season finale 98-97 Wednesday in Washington to the Wizards before 16,126 at Verizon Center.
Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 29 before his hometown fans but was on the bench for the final five possessions when the Pacers came up empty and allowed the Wizards to complete their comeback.
IMPACTThe Pacers finished the 2009-10 season with a 32-50 record overall, 9-32 on the road. Both are their worst records since the 1988-89 season. Their streak of four straight non-playoff finishes is their longest since 1982-86. The Wizards finished 26-56 overall, 15-26 at home.
- "They made some big shots down the stretch and we couldn't throw the ball in the ocean, as many open threes as we had. When we shoot the ball like that from the 3-point line we don't win many games." – Jim O'Brien
- "I thought he played terrifically, really had a strong low-post game. We kept on going to him and he did some really positive things for us." – O'Brien on Hibbert
- "Ball in Danny Granger's hands, a 12-footer, he and Murph (Troy Murph) didn't have good shooting nights. That's the bottom line." – O'Brien on the last shot
- "We have three expiring contracts, we have a lottery pick and we have a president that will do the things necessary to make us a better basketball team." – O'Brien on the offseason
KEY MOMENTSWith Andray Blatche red-hot – including a behind-the-back dribble preceding a fadeaway jumper – the Wizards controlled the first quarter, jumping out to a 22-11 lead and holding a 30-21 advantage at the break. Hibbert took over in the second, scoring 10 points in a 14-4 run that put the Pacers in front 48-43 and they took a 51-47 lead into the break.
The Pacers seemed to be assuming control of the game in the third quarter as a 12-3 run gave them a 75-61 lead but the Wizards finished with a 13-5 burst to cut the lead to 80-74 heading into the fourth quarter. Hibbert scored twice in a row to give the Pacers an 86-76 lead with 10:26 left but Washington countered with seven in a row, setting up the close finish.
Earl Watson's drive put the Pacers up 97-93 with 2:27 remaining but rookie Cedric Jackson scored on a drive and a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 98-97 lead with 1:31 left. Neither team scored thereafter, though the Pacers had great looks in the form of open 3-pointers for Murphy and Mike Dunleavy. They got the last shot of the game and put it in Granger's hands but he missed a fadeaway 15-footer as time expired.
BY THE NUMBERSHibbert made 10-of-16 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the line for his 29 points, adding seven rebounds and a blocked shot. Granger scored 17 but shot just 4-of-16 overall, 1-of-5 from the arc. He had nine rebounds but five turnovers. Watson scored 14 on 7-of-9 shooting and Dahntay Jones scored 11. Troy Murphy shot just 1-of-10, missing all six of his 3-point attempts, but he pulled nine rebounds. The Pacers shot .398 overall and were 3-of-22 (.136) from the arc, with as many turnovers as assists (15).
Blatche led the Wizards with 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting, adding seven rebounds and three assists. JaVale McGee had 14 with eight rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Cartier Martin scored 11 with five rebounds, Shaun Livingston scored 10 with seven assists and James Singleton had 17 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. Washington shot .481 overall and outrebounded the Pacers 47-42.