NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Washington
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: Washington 103, Indiana 90
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas scored a game-high 30 points and Caron Butler had 25, as the tandem led the Washington Wizards to a 103-90 win over the Indiana Pacers at the Verizon Center
Arenas also had 11 assists, and Brendan Haywood had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Wizards win their second straight game after beginning the season with five losses.
Darius Songaila chipped in 12 points off the bench for Washington, which lost to Indiana in its season opener.
Marquis Daniels had 19 points, and Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 for Indiana, which has lost five in a row. Jamaal Tinsley netted 15 points, and Jeff Foster pulled in 14 boards, but the Pacers' fortunes have changed after starting the season with three straight wins.
"We've got to make some adjustments," O'Neal said. "And we're a little concerned, but we don't feel the year is over. We have a lot more playing and adjustments to make and at the end of the year, we will be right there."
The lead changed exactly twice in Wednesday's game, and both the changes occurred in the first two minutes of the game. The Pacers came out cold, missing nearly a dozen shots in the first eight minutes of the game, and not cracking double-digits until 3:16 remained in the first period.
In that time, Washington took advantage. With 4:26 left in the opening period, Butler hit a running jump shot to make the score 18-7. The Wizards' lead grew to 13 at the end of the first, when Butler made two free throws for a 28-15 advantage.
The Pacers were able to keep the Wizards' lead from growing any larger for the rest of the half. Simultaneously, Arenas and Butler kept it from getting any smaller.
In the final two minutes of the first half, Arenas sank a pair of threes and a pair of free throws, while Butler added a jumper, to give Washington a 56-41 lead. The tandem combined for 37 points at the break.
The Wizards' lead started to grow in the second half, when Antawn Jamison came out firing with a three and a jumper. The Pacers, who shot 39.3 percent for the game, started making more shots - but not enough.
Washington's lead reached 20 points with 4:44 left in the third, when Arenas nailed a turnaround jumper from the top of the key for a 75-55 lead. The Wizards were able to make their leads stick by shooting 48.6 percent for the game, and making 26-of-30 free throws.
The Pacers slashed the deficit to single-digits once in the late fourth quarter, when Mike Dunleavy capped a 12-4 Indiana run with a mid-range jumper from the left side. He banked the shot in, making it a 95-86 game with 3:29 to play.
But the Wizards pulled away by making 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch, and the Pacers made just one more field goal.
"This is our chance to strike," Arenas said. "We played an all right schedule in the beginning (of the year). Almost all the teams that beat us are above .500. Now it's our turn to make a statement."
The Wizards went 3-0 against Indiana last year, and are 1-1 so far this season against the Pacers... Indiana made 16-of-19 free throws...Washington shot just 5-of-18 from beyond the arc...Indiana wraps up a two-game road trip Friday in Toronto...Washington travels to Minnesota on Friday.
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