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GAME RECAP: Wizards 107, Pacers 89

Bradley Beal posts 25 points and adds six assists as Washington downs Indiana.

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GAME RECAP: Wizards 107, Pacers 89

Bradley Beal posts 25 points and adds six assists as Washington downs Indiana.
Jan 30, 2019  |  00:00

Domas Creates on Both Ends

January 30, 2019 - Domantas Sabonis collects the steal and hustles down the court to find himself open for a easy layup.
Jan 30, 2019  |  02:07

Indy Turns Defense Into Offense

January 30, 2019 - The Pacers create a turnover, leading to an open three pointer on the wing for Bojan Bagdonovic.
Jan 30, 2019  |  01:37

Thad Loses His Defender & Scores

January 30, 2019 - Thaddeus Young hits his defender with a quick pass fake on his way to the hoop.
Jan 30, 2019  |  01:15

Cory Feeds T.J. Inside

January 30, 2019 - Cory Joseph rises up for the shot before passing to T.J. Leaf underneath the basket for two points.
Jan 30, 2019  |  01:21

Leaf Shuts Down The Layup Attempt

January 30, 2019 - T.J. Leaf plays solid man-to-man defense and sends the shot attempt out of bounds.
Jan 30, 2019  |  01:04

Sumner Defense Sets Up DC Three

January 30, 2019 - Edmond Sumner hustles to stop the break, leading to a corner three pointer for Darren Collison on the offensive end.
Jan 30, 2019  |  01:13

Game Rewind: Pacers 89, Wizards 107

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET at Capital One Arena
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss





Game Recap

For the first time in over a year, the Indiana Pacers have a three-game losing streak.

Indiana (32-18) dropped its third straight game on Wednesday night, falling to the Wizards (22-29) in Washington on the first stop of a four-game road trip, 107-89.

The Pacers had not lost three straight games since they dropped five straight from Dec. 26, 2017 - Jan. 3, 2018 and were the only team in the NBA to not lose three consecutive contests in 2018. But they suffered a major blow a week ago when All-Star guard Victor Oladipo ruptured his quad tendon in his right knee and have dropped all three subsequent games without their leading scorer.

"It's just low energy right now," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said after Wednesday's loss. "We've kind of lost our way here and we've got to find it. Victor is not coming back. We've got to move past that and not look at what we don't have and focus on what we do have."

The Blue & Gold got off to a hot start offensively, starting 8-for-9 from the field to jump out to an early lead. But they missed six of their next seven shots and committed three turnovers as the Wizards answered with a 17-3 run of their own to move back in front.

Two nights after giving up a season-high 40 points in the first quarter in a loss to the Warriors, Indiana allowed Washington to amass 35 points in the opening frame on Wednesday and trailed by 10 after one.

The Wizards strung together another 14-2 spurt to take a 53-34 lead midway through the second quarter. Thaddeus Young scored five points as Indiana responded with an 8-0 run, but the Pacers weren't able to get back within single digits before halftime and trailed 59-45 at the break.

The hosts wasted no time breaking the game open in the second half. Washington scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter thanks to a Trevor Ariza 3-pointer and dunk followed by another three from Bradley Beal.

The Wizards extended their lead to as many as 25 points before the Pacers mounted a charge. Bojan Bogdanovic and Aaron Holiday each tallied five points as Indiana put together a 19-4 run to cut the deficit to 79-69.

A corner three from two-way guard Jordan McRae in the closing seconds of the third quarter stopped the bleeding for Washington and gave them a 13-point advantage heading into the fourth.

The Wizards put the game away early in the final frame, scoring eight unanswered points to open the period.

"We take pride in playing defense and the last couple games, we have not had that sense of urgency on the defensive end and sense of pride on the defensive end," Young said. "Guys are just walking in and dunking. We cannot let that happen. That is not us as a team."

Young led the Pacers with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the loss and also tallied seven rebounds and five assists, though he also had five turnovers.

Bogdanovic added 12 points, as did Doug McDermott, who went 3-for-7 from 3-point range. Holiday scored 10 points and was joined in double figures by Domantas Sabonis, who scored all 10 of his points after halftime to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.

Beal led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, six rebounds, and six assists. Jeff Green also had a big night for the Wizards, tallying 23 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals off the bench.

The Pacers won't have much rest before they take the court again. They play again on Thursday night at 7:00 PM in Orlando.

Aaron Holiday

Photo Credit: NBAE/Getty Images

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers committed 17 turnovers on Wednesday, resulting in 29 points for Washington on the other end. Indiana, meanwhile, scored just 18 points off of 14 Wizards giveaways.

Two-way guard Edmond Sumner started his second consecutive game at shooting guard with both Oladipo and Tyreke Evans (lower back soreness) sidelined. Sumner picked up four fouls in the first half, but finished with a career-high seven points on 2-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 21:45.

McDermott scored in double figures for the first time since Jan. 11 in New York, which was also the last time he made more than one 3-pointer in a game. He has scored less than 10 points in 12 of his last 14 games.

Starting center Myles Turner had nine points on 4-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, and three assists in the loss, but failed to record a block for just the second time all year. The only other game that Turner, who leads the NBA in blocks, did not get a rejection was on Jan. 4 in Chicago.

Washington shot 52.6 percent from the field in the win and went 12-for-28 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range. The Pacers are 3-7 on the year when their opponent makes more than half of its shots.

You Can Quote Me On That

"You try to throw some things out there to motivate us to try to find a way to get it right before you drop three games in a row. Tonight, for the first time this season, we dropped three in a row. We just have to roll up our sleeves and play with more energy out on that floor. More hustle, more scrap. That's where it starts." -McMillan

"Vic is an intricate part to what we do defensively and offensively, but at the end of the day, even when Vic went out early in the season, I think, 10 or 11 games, we were still playing defense, we were still locking down, we were still getting things together as far as going out there and playing." -Young on how Oladipo's absence hurts the defense

"Hopefully we can get ourselves off this skid. We have to put this one behind us and we have another one tomorrow. That is the good thing about this NBA game and being a player in this league. You live to fight another day, and you have to be ready for the next game no matter what happens." -Young

"It's effort, just playing harder and realizing that it’s going to take all five guys to be brought in. The biggest thing is that we limited them to one shot as much as possible. We were able to get out and get going on offense." -Beal

Stat of the Night

The Pacers faced a double-digit halftime deficit in just three of their first 47 games this season, but have now trailed by more than 10 points after two quarters in each of their last three contests.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have now dropped two straight and four of their last five games in Washington.
  • Indiana is 6-3 on the year when playing on the first night of a back-to-back, including a 4-2 record on the road.
  • The Wizards lost in Cleveland on Wednesday before winning on Thursday, continuing a curious trend. This season they are just 1-8 on the first night of a back-to-back, but 7-2 on the second night.

Up Next

The Pacers will attempt to snap their skid against Aaron Gordon and the Magic in Orlando on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 PM ET.

Tickets

Following their four-game road trip, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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