GILBERT ARENAS
Wizards' star emerged from a shooting slump in a big way, scoring 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting, making 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. He added 11 assists and six rebounds.
JIM O'BRIEN
“We didn't have the defensive disposition we needed. It's very difficult to stop guys when they get hot from the perimeter and they certainly got hot from the perimeter. … Everybody in the world knows Washington was not going to continue to miss outside shots."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 30, Wizards 26
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Wizards 10
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 14, Wizards 12
  • Points off turnovers: Wizards 23, Pacers 20
  • Starters scoring: Wizards 81, Pacers 58
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 32, Wizzards 22
  • In their five-game losing streak, the Pacers have been outscored by 62 points from the free-throw line. This accounts for more than the total margin of defeat, 59 points.
    The brief road trip concludes Friday in Toronto against Chris Bosh and the Raptors (7 p.m., FSN Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM)
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  • WASHINGTON 103, INDIANA 90
    Wizards warm up, Pacers stay cold

    At Washington | Nov. 14, 2007


    One of these teams was bound to get hot. It wasn't Indiana.

    With Gilbert Arenas scoring 30 and Caron Butler 25, Washington lived up to its reputation as an explosive offensive team in rolling to a 103-90 victory over the Pacers Wednesday night. Indiana's new up-tempo offense again was stifled as the Pacers shot less than 40 percent (.393) for the second time in a row and fourth time this season.

    While the Wizards improved to 2-5 with their second consecutive win, the Pacers dropped to 3-5 with their fifth consecutive loss. Indiana has shot just .399 from the field while averaging 91.6 points in the losing streak. In opening the season with three consecutive wins, the Pacers averaged 109 points.

    “I think the thing that got us going in those first three games was that we were making a high volume of those shots," said Jermaine O'Neal. "All of a sudden, our shots aren’t falling right now. The negative thing about that is that we’re letting our offense dictate our defense.”

    Marquis Daniels, who missed two of the previous three games with a sore left knee, provided the lone offensive spark, scoring 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes off the bench. Though O'Neal scored 17, Jamaal Tinsley 15, Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy 11 apiece and Shawne Williams 10, those players combined to shoot 18-of-61 (.295) from the field. Jeff Foster pulled a game-high 14 rebounds.

    Complementing Arenas and Butler nicely were Brendan Haywood with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and Darius Songaila, who scored 12 off the bench.

    "We just have to learn from the mistakes we're making too many times right now," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien.

    The game was effectively decided in the first 15 minutes. Butler and Arenas combined for 24 and the Pacers made just seven of their first 30 shots as Washington quickly built a 34-18 lead.

    Indiana had a brief surge midway through the second period, cutting the led to 44-37 on Daniels' three-point play, but Arenas scored 10 more in the closing minutes as the Wizards pulled out to a 56-41 lead at the break.

    Washington's lead grew to 75-55 in the third and was 91-74 in the fourth when Daniels scored eight in a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 93-84 but the Pacers couldn't get any closer.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Indiana played without starting center Troy Murphy, who was kicked in the leg in Tuesday night's loss to Boston, aggravating the left Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of the first three games. Foster started in his place.
  • Daniels started the second half in place of Dunleavy.
  • Washington snapped an eight-game home losing streak that included last season's playoffs.