The Wizards came into Friday night's game having won six of their last seven games on the road. However, after a poor showing in Atlanta, the Pacers came in ready to halt Washington's chances of posting their longest road win streak in six seasons. In a game that was mostly filled with bad offense, the Pacers defense held the Wizards to a season low 66 points on just 32.1% shooting. The game was tied at 18 after the first quarter, but the Pacers steadily were able to build-up their lead by winning each subsequent quarter due to a combination of superb team defense and poor Wizards' offense.
The Pacers held the Wizards to an abysmal field goal percentage of just 32.1% (the Wizard's season average is 44.7%; the team's season low was 36%). Having scored a mere 31 field goals, the Wizards leading scorer was Bradley Beal with 17 points. Beal knocked down 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc, but any hot shooting from Washington stopped there. George Hill did a masterful job of limiting franchise point guard, John Wall, to just 13 points (4/15 from the field; 1/3 from three) and only three assists.
For the Pacers, David West broke free from his mini shooting slump going 5-of-5 from the field in the first half. West finished the game with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, the Pacers got solid contributions off the bench from CJ Watson and Luis Scola who scored a combined 26 points. Watson's 11 point scoring punch in the fourth quarter helped to keep the Wizards at bay. Paul George continued to struggled from the field going just 2-of-14 from the field and 0-of-2 from three. While in the midst of a scoring drought, PG found other ways to impact the game by recording 6 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds. Lance Stephenson returned to action tonight after missing one game with a knee contusion. Looking fully energized, Born Ready finished the game with a double-double posting 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
As a team the Pacers were able to out rebound the Wizards by 20, grabbing a total of 61 boards. On a night where the team shot below their season average from the field and made just 13-of-22 free throws (59%), the Pacers still were able to come out of the game with a "W," pushing their home record to 18-1 on the season. The Pacers next game is Tuesday at home against the Sacramento Kings.