The Washington Wizards gave away a game against the Pacers on the Thursday night, as Indiana went on an 8-0 run over the final two minutes to clinch an 85-83 win. It was a disastrous final minute of the game, as Indiana controlled three offensive rebounds on a never-ending possession. The Pacers took their first lead of the game with less than a minute to go when Paul George drilled a three-pointer for the 84-83 lead. Then on the ensuing inbounds pass, the Wizards turned it over when Nene dropped it inbounds and neither John Wall nor Jordan Crawford went after it quick enough. After Darren Collison split a pair, John Wall would hit a runner in the lane which would have tied it at 85 but the ball clearly left his hands after the buzzer went off.
The Wizards led by 20 at half, but did not score more than 17 points in each of the final three quarters. Jordan Crawford led the Wiz with 21 points, but he was just two of nine from behind the arc and like the rest of his team, he went cold in the second half. It was a heartbreaking loss after the impressive win last night and first half tonight. The Wizards now have a day off before hosting the Hawks at Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Wizards are looking for their second straight win since Nene joined the team. After getting their fifth road win of the season last night n New Jersey, the Wizards came out in the first quarter and jumped all over the Indiana Pacers. Washington took a 34-18 advantage after just 12 minutes - one of their best quarters of the season. In the second quarter, they held the Pacers below 20 points again and extended their lead to 51-31 at the half.
Washington shot 50 percent from the floor, led by Jordan Crawford who poured in 18 first-half points on seven of 11 from the floor. Chris Singleton also had one of his best halves so far this year, hitting two of three from behind the arc and adding ten points. With John Wall leading the break, the Wiz out-scored the Pacers 18-2 in transition. The defensive effort, however, built the double digit lead as they held Indiana to just 32 percent from the floor. Danny Granger has only one point so far. Washington will look to keep the pressure on and convert on their second back-to-back wins of the season.
Andray Blatche spoke in the locker room before Thursday night's Pacers vs. Wizards game about his rough season, the team's decision to shut down him down until he improves his condition, and his new 3 a.m. workouts.
It was a candid conversation and closer look at how Blatche has been affected by what he called one of the toughest seasons of his career. You're not wrong to laugh at Blatche's foibles, but if you think he's enjoying collecting paychecks from the sidelines, you're missing a big part of the story, too.
Still, Blatche doesn't blame the fans at Verizon Center who choose to boo.
"I had a lot of talks with my mom, with my family. My mom told me basically that I put myself in that position the way I've been playing, so it's up to you to dig yourself out of this hole. So I take full responsibility with how things have gone this season. I can't go home at night and say 'Eff them because they don't know nothing.' They're the fans, they see it. My mom see's it."
The Washington Wizards are coming off of a road win against the New Jersey Nets, and they're finally back home after a tough stretch of six road games in 10 days. On Thursday night, they welcome the Indiana Pacers, a team looking to improve their playoff position, to the Verizon Center.
Indiana are also coming off of a win, over the Los Angeles Clippers. They were 2-6 in the eight games leading up to that one, and they'll be hoping to use the momentum from that Clippers win to build a mini-streak over their next three. Including this game, they have three very winnable games in the next three days before they host the Miami Heat. History is in their favor at the moment; the Wizards have only one back to back games on one occasion this season.