The Wizards battled back from another double-digit 2nd half deficit and pulled the game as close to one point, but could never get over that last hump and fell 96-89 to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at Verizon Center.

Bradley Beal fueled the second half charge, scoring 17 of his 18 points in that frame including three 3-pointers, but the team could not get enough stops down the stretch, as David West's game-high 30 points were too much for the Wizards to handle.

It was another strong effort from the Wizards bench, who scored 68 of the team's 89 points, but the start of the game did the Wizards in as they fell behind 28-13 in the first quarter and could never come all the way back.

Beal led the team with his 18, Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 13, Jordan Crawford added 11, and Shaun Livingston finished with 10.

Another tough loss for a young team that still finds itself searching for its first win of the year. They'll get their next chance Wednesday night in Atlanta when they take on the Hawks.

Trevor Ariza
Points: 6
Rebounds: 5
Steals: 0

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Points: Bradley Beal - 18
Rebounds: Trevor Booker - 8
Assists: Shaun Livingston - 4
Blocks: Bradley Beal - 2
Steals: Trevor Booker - 4

Beal on game:

“It’s tough. We didn’t start the game well and all of a sudden you look up and you’re down by a lot. We fought back though and gave ourselves a chance. It seemed like down the stretch every time we got a stop we couldn’t score and then when we were scoring we couldn’t get a stop and were trading baskets.”

On the team’s attitude:

“The thing I like most about this team is that we fight and compete. We might get down but we always keep fighting and don’t quit. It’s really frustrating now but eventually that will turn into wins.”
Seraphin on the game:

“We did not play the way we wanted to. We did not start the game well and in the NBA against these teams it sometimes is like the game is already over. We just have to keep fighting and try to win. It is our job to win.”
Wittman on the team:

“We have to figure out how to play a whole game. We have no consistency in our group play. When you start off like we did tonight there is no excuse.”

On the Wizards’ confidence:

“We just become hesitant and fall apart, and that is because we are 0-9. When you’re hesitant in your actions, you’re not going to be confident. You’re not going to operate and make smart decisions. We just have to keep working on that down the stretch.”