Wizards fall to 0-9 with 96-89 loss to Pacers

Wizards fall to 0-9 with 96-89 loss to Pacers
November 19, 2012, 9:42 pm
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Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza shoots over Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, left, and forward Paul George in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


WASHINGTON (AP) There were boos early and at the end for the winless Washington Wizards, who dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a 96-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Indiana's David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Still without point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and starting center Nene - and no one seems to be sure when either injured player will make his season debut - the Wizards are the only team in the NBA without a victory. They started 0-8 a year ago, the club's previous worst opening to a season.

They were led Monday by rookie Bradley Beal's 18 points, 17 coming in the second half.