With the Indiana Pacers’ red-hot shooting, the Washington Wizards could afford none of the 18 turnovers they committed in Friday night’s 93-73 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Add to that, the Wizards were without Nene who continued to nurse a sore right Achilles tendon.
Whether it should be credited to Indiana’s defense or Washington’s offensive woes, John Wall struggled to knock down shots all night. Wall tallied just eight points on the evening and went 4-of-14 shooting.
Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza led the Wizards’ efforts with 17 and 14 points respectively, but Washington never gained enough steam.
With 3:56 remaining in the first quarter, Gortat’s layup brought the Wizards within two, trailing 16-14. For the remainder of the quarter, however, Washington failed to make a basket. Not surprisingly, Indiana ran with the opportunity, adding a three-point shot from Solomon Hill and a layup from C.J. Watson to cruise to a 28-14 lead into the second quarter. [Read more...]