Instant analysis: Pacers 93, Wizards 66

Instant analysis: Pacers 93, Wizards 66
January 10, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Wittman: 'They took us to the wood shed"

The Washington Wizards have recently had success winning on the road, having won six of seven away from Verizon Center, but they were overmatched by the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. After losing 93-66, Washington has now lost 12 in a row in Indianapolis.

The Wizards had no offensive rhythm right from the opening tap as they opened up the game missing 12 of their first 15 shots. Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal settled for jump shots that simply weren’t falling. The duo shot a combined 4-of-17 in the first half.

It wasn’t that Indiana shot the lights out. In fact, Paul George finished the game making only two of his 14 shot attempts. If before the game you knew that George would score just eight points, most would assume the Wizards had a good chance to come out with a win.

But the Wizards were never able to get on track offensively and their 66 points set a new season low. The previous season low of 73 also came courtesy of the Pacers. Defensively, the Wizards had no answer inside for David West who dominated the paint with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Turning point:

After the first quarter both teams were tied at 18. Indiana outscored Washington 27-19 in the second quarter and never trailed again.

Key stat: Points in the paint. Pacers 38, Wizards 18

Key stat No. 2: Wizards Free throws: 9-of-23 (36%)

Best in show: David West: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists on 9-of-13 shooting.

Around the bend: The Wizards returned home to Washington, D.C. after this game, where they’ll play the Houston Rockets on Saturday (CSN, Wizards Central 6:30, game 7 p.m. ET).