NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Washington
(Wednesday, April 14th)
Final Score: Washington 98, Indiana 97
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Cedric Jackson's three-pointer with 1:31 remaining in the fourth quarter lifted the Washington Wizards to a 98-97 win over Indiana in the season finale for both clubs.
Andray Blatche scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Wizards (26-56), who got 14 points and eight boards from JaVale McGee. Washington finished up a disastrous and dysfunctional season in which star guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended after allegedly pulling a gun on teammate Javaris Crittenton in the team's locker room.
"I'm really excited. We have a lot to look forward next season," Blatche said. "We have a great staff that's going to do a lot of work over the summer and get back to being a winning team."
Roy Hibbert poured in a career-high 29 points to lead the Pacers (32-50), while Danny Granger added 17 points and nine rebounds.
"Even though we're not playing for anything, we wanted to go out playing strong and have a good last game," Hibbert said. "Hopefully the game we had today can translate to consistent games next year."
Washington led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, but the Pacers battled back to grab a 51-47 lead at halftime. Indiana took a 75-61 lead on a Dahntay Jones turnaround fade away with just under three minutes to go in the third quarter.
The Wizards were down 10 early in the fourth, but continued to chip away, reclaiming the lead on Jackson's shot from beyond the arc. Indiana had one last chance to win the game, but Granger's jumper in dying seconds was off the mark.
Washington had lost four straight to the Pacers...The Wizards shot 48.1 percent from the field, while Indiana made 39.8 percent of its shots.
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