Washington Wizards take down the Indiana Pacers in a must-win

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Carlton Holliday Jr.

It was an electrifying vibe in then Verizon Center and it felt much like a playoff game. With just ten games remining in the regular season the Washington Wizards were squared off against the Eastern Conference's top dog and  they looked ready to play. 

After a 44-37 halftime  lead the Wizards looked to have the  Pacers under control. Although the third quarter has been the Achilles heel for the Wizards the good guys  would eventually jump out to an 18 point lead by the end of the quarter. 

The Wizards' stifling defense held the Pacers to a 35% shooting performance.  Although the Wiz only shot 39% for the game, they did much other things well. They protected the ball much better only committing eight turnovers for the game, while the Pacers turned the ball over 17  times.  The Wizards also shot the ball well from the free-throw line, going 16/17 for 94% from the charity strike. 

The Wiz even held Paul George to an egg during the fourth quarter in his eight minutes of play. George was on fire during warm ups, the All-Star couldn't miss a shot.  He also committed five turnovers for his squad during the course of the game and shot only 6 for 22 from the field with a one for five effort from behind the three point line. 

WiseWiz Stat: The Pacers' three headed monster (George, Hibbert, Stephenson)  looked to be tamed in the district. It looked over at halftime.  George went 4/12 in the first half. Stephenson missed all nine of his shots. Hibbert, former Georgetoewn star, recievd a great greeting during starting lineup introductions. Hibbert would missed  his only three shot attempts on the court where he played during his collegiate career.  The three combined for 4/24 shooting in the first half, just a 16 percent field goal percentage. 

This sluggish start for the Pacers  helped the Wiz jump off to an early lead. 

The Pacers finished the game shooting just  1/11 from three point range for the entire game. 

The Wizards outplayed the Indiana Pacers at their own game.  The Wiz were  physical and stingy on defense.  The Wiz also perfected their own game by blowing the Pacers out in fast break points. 

Last night's game proved that the Wiz could in fact compete with a top team in a big time game. The Wiz must turnaround to face the Charlotte Bobcats in a second game in as many nights. The Bobcats are right behind the Wizards in the standings. The Wiz must get a victory tonight to ensure at least the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. 

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Wizards Look To Keep Pace Tonight Against Best Team In East

March 28, 2014

The Wizards host the 1st place Indiana Pacers tonight in search of a big win.

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