West Scores 20 Points, Leads Pacers Past Wizards
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INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-66 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Indiana (29-7) used an 11-3 run in the third quarter to create separation from Washington. Two field goals from West capped off the swing, which put the Pacers up 56-40.
Trying for their first four-game win streak on the road since February 2008, the Wizards (16-18) stumbled at the foul line. They finished 9 of 23 on free throws, hitting just five of their first 14.
Washington lost to the Pacers for the 11th time in 12 tries and haven’t won at Indiana since April 18, 2007.
Indiana remains the NBA’s best home team at 17-1 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, including seven in a row.
Paul George of the Pacers and John Wall of Wizards each opened 1 of 8 from the field. George finished with eight points on 2-of-14 shooting and Wall had 13 points.
Wall’s struggles in Indiana continued. He shot four 4 of 15 from the field Friday and is 8 for 29 in his past two games here.
Washington was led by Bradley Beal with 17 points.
The Pacers outrebounded Washington 61-41. They were led by George, who had 14 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson, who had 10.
Watson entered with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter to score five quick points. His 3-pointer pushed Indiana’s lead to 31-26 with 6:32 left in the quarter.
Nene came off the bench in the first half for Washington to tally eight points and four rebounds. He finished with 12 points.
Watson again provided a spark for Indiana in the second half. He scored 11 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and finished 6 of 6 from the field.
The Wizards got within 10 after Wall’s dunk with 10:04 left in the game, but Indiana used a 10-0 run to seal.
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