Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Verizon Center
Game Rewind: IND 85, WAS 104
Scott Agness | April 6, 2013
This one started ugly, and ended even uglier.
For the second night in a row, the Pacers struggled shooting the ball, were a step slow, and began each stanza poorly. Behind 37 points from John Wall, who didn’t play in the first three meetings because of a left knee injury, the Washington Wizards (29-47) handled the Pacers, 104-85, Saturday night in D.C.
From the tip, the Pacers (48-29) sluggishly got behind 26-12, which included seven in a row from Wall, just over seven minutes into the game. The lone bright spot for Indiana was Roy Hibbert, who had 14 points in the first period. For how good he looked, Wall one-upped him with 15 points and he only missed one of his eight shots.
After the Pacers got down 14, they then outscored the Wizards 26-11 to take the first lead, 38-37, since 4-2. Gerald Green then sparked a mini run; he banged in an outside shot, and then connected on a turnaround fadeaway from behind the foul line. The Wizards were up three at the break.
The second half was brutal for the Pacers. As they missed their first nine field goals, the Wizards scored 12-straight. A frustrated Frank Vogel, who usually controls his temper, was frustrated and he was issued a technical foul. Following a timeout, the blue and gold scored on its next four possessions and would later cut the Wizards’ lead to seven three times, but the home team was simply better tonight.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, the Pacers misfired on their first eight shots in the fourth. By the time they finally got a shot to fall, a D.J. Augustin runner five minutes in, the Wizards already had a 20-point cushion. With 5:10 to play, Vogel, called it a night and sent in the reserves.
The Wizards captured their ninth-consecutive home win and prevented a Pacers’ sweep of the season series. And yet again, the Pacers clinching of the division title is put on hold.
“It’s not an excuse, but we look like a tired team,” Vogel said postgame. “We got to find a way to rejuvenate and get a game Tuesday night.”
Inside the Numbers
With 25 points and 10 rebounds, Roy Hibbert led the Pacers in scoring and rebounding for the third game in a row, and finished with at least 20 points for the fourth-straight time. Gerald Green scored 13 points off the pine, David West had 12 points and George Hill added 11.
John Wall’s 37 points gave him his third 30-plus point game of the season. Kevin Seraphin was 7-for-10 with 15 points and Martell Webster scored 13.
Led by point guard John Wall, the Wizards annihilated the Pacers in transition, outscoring them 28-9. They also scored 22 points off of 15 Indiana turnovers.
Indiana finished 3-for-20 from long-range and failed to hit an outside in the second half for the second night in a row, (0-for-11)
The Pacers lost both games of a back-to-back, their 22nd set of the season, for third time this season.
“We are struggling with shots, and when you struggle with shots the defense gets harder. We have been playing against teams who are more rested than us as well.” – Frank Vogel
“They looked tired. They need to rejuvenate. They need to do whatever they need to do to rejuvenate for Tuesday night – the whole team does. We shot 5-for-41 from the 3-point line in the last two games.” – Frank Vogel on Paul George and Lance Stephenson
“We have just been sluggish and the energy from this team just hasn’t been there. We have to find ourselves and get back into the rhythm we once were in.” – Paul George
“It looked like we had tired legs, but that shouldn’t be any excuse. At this point in the season, you have to peak and get ready for the playoffs. Some guys that aren’t stepping it up offensively have to step it up defensively. It seemed like we were just letting them score left and right.” – Roy Hibbert
“We talked about it before the game that their bigs were playing soft. My bigs did a great job setting screens. I came out focused tonight and I was able to knock down shots right away.” – John Wall
Stat of the Game
Neither Paul George or Lance Stephenson, both starters, made a shot (0-for-9). They each had only two points.
- The Wizards win ends a run of nine-straight wins by the Pacers in the series.
- Tyler Hansbrough took another hard elbow, this one coming from Trevor Booker, who was given a flagrant-1 foul.
- The 1978 Washington Bullets NBA Championship team celebrated its 35th anniversary and was honored at halftime.
- Roy Hibbert’s parents, Roy Sr. and Patty, were in attendance.
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