Monday, November 19 at 7:00 PM EST at the Verizon Center
Game Rewind: IND 96, WAS 89
by Scott Agness
The Indiana Pacers hadn’t won on the road since their season opener back on Oct. 31st. The winless Wizards didn’t make it easy, but the Pacers got what they so desperately needed: A win, 96-89, in D.C.
The Pacers jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert, playing near where he grew up and with his parents on hand, scored the first basket of the game and assisted on the next two. The Pacers then went on a 11-3 run to take their biggest lead of the half, 26-7. It was clear the Pacers were feeling good about themselves after one quarter, up 28-13 and shooting 60% from the field.
Then, turnovers (15) and fouls (18) plagued the Pacers, which allowed the Wizards to hang around. The Wizards scored 13 points off turnovers, cutting the Pacers lead to 50-41 at the break.
The third quarter consisted of two big runs. First, while the Wizards missed 13 shots in a row, the Pacers scored 10 straight to go ahead 69-49. However, the Wizards responded with an 18-2 run over the final five minutes of the quarter to come within four, 71-67, with one period to play.
It was the Pacers' veteran leader, David West, who put the team on his shoulders in the fourth. He opened the quarter with a basket plus a free throw and later knocked down four jumpers to lead the Pacers to their first win on the road in six tries.
With under two minutes to go, Hibbert had a crucial sequence at both ends where he blocked Bradley Beal’s shot, ran the floor, and then connected on a right-handed hook-shot. The Wizards missed their final two shots and fell to 0-9 on the season, the worst start in franchise history.
Inside the Numbers
David West came up big for the Pacers, finishing with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. He also made all 10 free throw attempts. The Pacers are 4-1 when West leads the Pacers in scoring.
No doubt, Roy Hibbert had his best performance of the season. He tallied 20 points (8-for-10), 12 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.
The Wizards bench outscored the Pacers' 58-26 and accounted for 65% of their offense. Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards 18 points. Kevin Seraphin chipped in 13 and Jordan Crawford added 11.
Reserve Sam Young was fourth on the team in minutes. He scored nine points and pulled in eight rebounds in just more than 35 minutes.
The Pacers won the rebounding battle (46-36) and outscored the Wizards in the paint, 42-28.
For the third time this season, the Pacers had double-digit blocks. West and Hibbert each had four, and Ian Mahinmi had two.
Stat of the Game
At 49%, the Pacers had their best shooting night of the season, despite going 3-of-19 from downtown.
"I knew our guys have good poise, the guys we had on the floor were veterans. I trusted that they’d be able to get stops and score down the stretch." – Frank Vogel
"I’ve just got to strive for consistency, that’s the biggest thing. I had a good game tonight but I’ve got to string a couple of those together. It’s nothing to get too excited about or too high on myself or my game tonight. I'm more excited about how David West played." – Hibbert
"I thought we concentrated a little bit more. Frank (Vogel) got us in the huddle and said we absolutely can’t turn the ball over. I thought the guys did a good job executing down the stretch, just making play after play. I thought Roy's block on the defensive end was huge for us. Obviously our defense held up." – West on the second half
"He’s a guy we go to when we’ve got to get a bucket late in the game. He's done so much for us, he delivered." – Frank Vogel on West
- The Pacers have won five in a row at the Verizon Center.
- Hill, Young, West and Hibbert played the entire fourth quarter.
- Shaun Livingston was given a technical foul in the first quarter; Paul George earned a technical after saying something as he went to the bench with three fouls in the second.
- Roy Hibbert’s mom and dad, Patty and Roy Sr., sat courtside at the game.