Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Pacers 93, Wizards 73
Scott Agness | November 29, 2013
Frank Vogel made sure his Pacers team wouldn’t overlook the Washington Wizards Friday night. Off to a blazing start to the season and with a five-game trip out West on the horizon, Vogel wouldn’t let anyone even get that far.
At morning shootaround, he showed highlights of John Wall's 37-point performance last season when the Wizards whipped the Pacers by 19. He also emphasized the importance of preventing points in transition, what he called "The John Wall Show."
In front of a sellout crowd, their fourth of the year, the Pacers (15-1) took a double-digit lead in the opening 12 minutes, then led by as many as 25 in their 93-73 stomping over the Wizards (7-9).
The Wizards drilled four of their first five shots and got out in front 10-6. The Pacers then clamped down on defense, holding the Wizards to 2-for-14 shooting and forcing six turnovers over the final 9:17. The blue and gold scored the quarter's final 12 points for a 28-14 advantage—nine coming from Paul George.
Indiana upped their lead to 15 in the second on a jumper from Luis Scola, assisted by C.J. Watson. The pass by Watson have him his third of the assist of the game and 1,000 for his career.
Over the next four minutes, the Wizards ran off ten in a row to draw within five. John Wall had a rough first half, managing just two points on 1-of-7 shooting, and the Pacers went into the locker room up seven, 43-36.
The Pacers shot 55 percent in the third quarter but the Wizards still managed to hang around. After missing all five of his first half shots, Roy Hibbert made 4-of-5 in the quarter for ten points.
The Pacers entered the fourth period up 13, but it swelled to 25 at one point as the Pacers had their way. Down the stretch, all eyes were on Lance Stephenson, who was chasing his third triple-double this month. He was tenacious on the boards, dropping dimes that’ll end up on the season highlight video, but he came up three points shy.
With 3:04 to play and after committing a foul, Stephenson was subbed out, much to the dismay of the fans. Stephenson was forcing things, however, and had rung up eight turnovers. Ahead of a grueling stretch of games, only something negative could've happened had he stayed in, and Coach Vogel pulled him.
After securing a 20-point win, their sixth in a row, the Pacers now take the league’s best record on the road where they first face the Clippers.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George finished with a game-high 23 points, his 13th game this season with 20 or more. Roy Hibbert and George Hill, who tonight surpassed the 4,000-point mark of his career, each finished with 13 points and Luis Scola added eight.
Lance Stephenson’s near triple-double: seven points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists (and a career-high eight turnovers.)
Marcin Gortat recorded his seventh double-double of the season, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Trevor Ariza was the only other Wizard in double figures with 14. John Wall was limited to eight points, a season low, on 4-of-14 shooting.
The Pacers allowed just 73 points, a new season low. That's now a league-high five opponents the Pacers have held under 80.
The Pacers were +12 on the boards and they outscored the Wizards in the paint 42-30.
"Whoever’s thinking about the road trip, stop thinking about the road trip. This team can beat us. The Wizards are a good team that beat us by 19 the last time we played, so whoever’s thinking about it, stop thinking about it. We have a game to win tonight." – Frank Vogel on his message pregame
"I love to see guys get triple-doubles. I like seeing our players have individual success but you can’t make moves that could compromise the next game. You just can’t do that. First of all, he’s showboating a little with a 23-point lead. That’s where guys take shots at you. You play in 36 hours, you get him out. Plus, I was trying to prevent him from getting it the wrong way ... 10 turnovers." – Vogel on pulling Stephenson
"Win the next game. ... That’s all we worry about." – Vogel on their next five games away from home
"We talked about (Washington’s transition game), trying to get in front of John [Wall] and slowing him down because he's a one-man break by himself. I thought we did a good job of that." – David West
"I know my teammates can hit shots. I just try to create and get them open. It’s a blessing to have a team that can knock down shots." – Lance Stephenson
"This was a game we needed to win to prepare for our West coast trip. The next couple of weeks will be tough. We will have to be ready mentally and physically." – Paul George
Stat of the Game
The Wizards are second in the league in fast break points (18.6) and tonight they didn’t score at all in transition.
- The Pacers have won 11 consecutive games over the Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- The Wizards were out their top scorer, Bradley Beal, who was declared out for at least two weeks due to an injury earlier this week. Nené was a late scratch because of a sore right Achilles.
- Floyd Mayweather made the trip to Indianapolis to see his friend, Paul George, and the Pacers play.
Sunday, Dec. 1 at Los Angeles (Clippers) – 3:30 p.m. EST