Wizards Vs. Pacers: Bye Bye Win Streak, Washington Falls 136-112 In Indy

The Wizards recent swagger did not travel with the team to Indy. Washington's win streak ends at three.

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Wizards Vs. Pacers: Washington Loses Win Streak After 136-112 Clobbering In Indy

This one was hard to watch. The Wizards never really competed against the Pacers during a 136-112 loss in Indianapolis and the game was basically over well before the half as the Wizards never led.

It was a buzzkill that put the brakes on to the bubbling optimism that followed Washington's first three-game win streak since 2008. But in hindsight, it shouldn't have been that hard to see, given that the Pacers are hoping to wrap up a playoff spot, while the Wizards have been mostly awful on the road this season.

It's not that the effort wasn't there for Washington, which shot more free throws than Indiana and hung with them on the boards. But the defense. Oh, the defense. The Wizards allowed the Pacers to shoot 59.5 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from three. Indiana had 32 assists compared to 10 for Washington.

The newly dubbed Big Three turned in decent stat lines in their own right. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 29 points, but it took a 9-for-23 shooting night to accomplish that. Andray Blatche notched another double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall 19 points nine rebounds and four assists.

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Wizards Vs. Pacers: Washington Struggling Mightily On The Road, Trail 75-56 At Half

With the Wizards having won their last two road games, it was possible to forget they had only won one previously all season. Wednesday night's game vs. the Pacers is a reminder. Washington trails the Indiana 75-56 at the half in Indy.

Once again, the score is 75-56 at the half. Indiana has scored 75 points. In the first half. The Pacers are on pace to score 150 points. THE PACERS ARE ON PACE TO SCORE 150 POINTS.

The Pacers average 99.36 points per game at home, good for 15th in the league. They are an average offense. This is pretty ugly. Let's look at the shooting stats. Indiana shot 60 percent from the field including a stupid 8-for-13 (61.5 percent) from three-point land. Five players are already in double figures, including four starters. Indiana has shared the ball well, with 15 assists. The Wizards have four. And on, and on ...

For Washington, Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche have 20 points each. So that's good. Flip Saunders has been unhappy with the refs, and has a technical to show for it. Indy Star beat writer Mike Wells suggested on Twitter that Saunders pick up another so he can head to the locker room early. Yup, that about says it all.

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Wizards Vs. Pacers: John Wall, Washington Could Nab Fourth-Straight Win In Indy

The Wizards face the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday night. When the teams' last met, Washington was in the first throes of a seven-game losing streak. The Pacers walked out of Verizon Center with a win and the score was ugly.

This time the situation is somewhat different. For example, who thought we'd see this pregame tweet:

Wizards Vs Pacers

That's right, the Washington Wizards have won three games in a row for the first time in ... well ... a long time. I implore you to read Trey Kerby's list of things that have happened since the Wizards last accomplished this feat at The Basketball Jones.

Four in a row could be dangerous. What I mean is, Wizards fans might riot like they were Maryland fans. I advise hiding your valuables and putting on your flame-retardant pajamas just in case.

As Mike Prada pointed out at Bullets Forever, the Pacers have lost to Detroit, Toronto, Minnesota and Sacramento in the past month or so. So ... this could happen! Four in a row.

For more on the Wizards, check out Bullets Forever. For the opposite view, check out SB Nation's Pacers blog, Indy Cornrows as well as the SB Nation Indiana regional site.

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