Pacers 93, Wizards 66

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Forward David West scored 20 points, guard Lance Stephenson added his eighth double-double, and the Indiana Pacers took control in the third quarter in a 93-66 rout Friday night to extend their home winning streak over the Washington Wizards to 12 games.

Point guard C.J. Watson had 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting, center Roy Hibbert scored 12 and forward Paul George added 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won nine of their last 11 to seize the NBA's best record at 29-7.

The Wizards (16-18) endured their worst shooting of the season and still have not won a visit to Indianapolis since April 18, 2007. Guard Bradley Beal led Washington with 17 points, point guard John Wall had 13 and forward Nene finished with 12.

Washington's 66 points were a season low and resulted in large part from a miserable 26-of-81 (32.1 percent) performance from the field. The Pacers' defense set a season low for points allowed.

Behind 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from Stephenson, Indiana generated more offense in the lane and finished shooting 44.6 percent.

The Pacers also held a 61-41 edge on the glass, which was instrumental in opening their longest homestand of the season with a victory. Indiana hosts Sacramento, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers next week.

This one swung Indiana's way in the middle of the game.

After the Pacers won the second quarter by a 27-19 margin, West made a tip-in to open the second half. By the time West threw down a one-hand jam four minutes later, just after he had made a layup, and Indiana led 56-40.

Inexplicably poor free throw shooting hampered both sides. Indiana was 4 of 11 at the stripe in the first half. The Wizards made only 5 of 14. The teams finished 22 of 45 (48.9 percent) for the game.

The Wizards drew within 10 points early in the fourth quarter before Indiana outscored them 9-2 over a stretch of 2:33, forcing coach Randy Wittman to call a timeout. From there, the Pacers expanded their lead and turned the game into a rout.

The score was tied at 18 after the first quarter, but Indiana held a 45-37 advantage at the break with the help of 4-for-13 second-quarter foul shooting by the Wizards.

NOTES: Veteran F Al Harrington (right knee surgery) and rookie G Glen Rice Jr. (right wrist fracture) remained sidelined for Washington. ... The Pacers held a moment of silence before the game in honor of Bill Donella, the franchise's original public address announcer. He died Tuesday morning. ... Pacers coach Frank Vogel, who led NBA coaches in technical fouls last year, drew his fourth of the season late in the first quarter. ... The Wizards, who return home on Saturday to face Houston, had defeated Charlotte and New Orleans on the first two stops of the road trip. It was the first time in more than seven years Washington won road games on consecutive nights.


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