It seems whatever luck the Washington Wizards clung to on the road early this season has disappeared. Quickly.
In fact, the Wizards managed to post the lowest point total in the NBA this season in Friday night’s 93-66 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Only Bradley Beal, John Wall and Nene recorded double-digit points for Washington and, of the Wizards’ starting five, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat combined for just 14 points on the night.
The Pacers, meanwhile, had an absolute field day. Indiana outrebounded Washington 61-41 to record a season-high on the boards. Five Pacers posted double-digit points and Lance Stephenson recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the Wizards’ poor offense, Washington kept Indiana in check through the first quarter. Nene followed a Martell Webster jumper with a timely hook shot to help the Wizards match the Pacers’ 18-18 through 12 minutes.
By halfway through the second quarter, however, things began to fall apart for the 16-18 Wizards. The Pacers’ C. J. Watson and Roy Hibbert hit back-to-back threes to make it 34-26 Indiana with just under six minutes remaining in the half.
The Wizards bounced back to pull back within three, but their inability to sink free throws hurt them as the Pacers ended the half up 45-37.
And, in the second half, the Wizards flat-lined.
David West capitalized on the Wizards’ misfortunes with one basket after another in the third quarter, including a dunk just five minutes in to bring the Pacers to a quick 16-point lead. Indiana tacked on two more when Paul George one-upped West with a monster dunk of his own.
In the fourth quarter, Beal hit a three and Nene added a jumper to trim the Pacers’ lead to 12. Unfortunately, the Wizards didn’t make another basket until Kevin Seraphin made a running hook shot with just 49.8 seconds left to play.
As such, Washington scored just 29 total points in the second half, compared to Indiana’s 48. The Wizards also posted a season low field goal percentage of 32.1 after shooting 26-81 on the night. To build a list of new season lows, Washington also recorded just 13 assists and shot 9-23 for a dismal 39.1 free throw percentage.