"We came out ready to play and with a sense of urgency," George said. "This was a game we needed to win to prepare for our West coast trip. The next couple of weeks will be tough. We have to be ready mentally and physically."
Washington (8-8) was led by center Marcin Gorat's double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard John Wall was held to eight points (11.5 points below his season average of 19.5 per game) on 4-of-14 shooting from the field.
"Had a bad night shooting," Wall said. "I had shots I have been making in the past, just didn't make (them) tonight."
"Lance is going to be a valuable asset to this team," George said. "We know that he can pass, he can shoot and he can rebound."
He had eight, a career high.
The sluggish Wizards woke up in the second quarter with George, Hibbert and David West spending more time on the bench than on the court in the second quarter. Guard Eric Maynor's 3-of-4 shooting from the field and seven points pulled Washington within seven heading into halftime.
"They came out in the second half with a better focus and energy than us," Gortat said. "We came out flat. We even talked about it in the locker room."
"This is the John Wall show," he said. "All five of our guys got to have great urgency, not only loading up to him, but getting matched up because he is as good at finding people as he is getting to the rim in transitions."
NOTES: The Pacers entered Friday's game with 120 blocks to lead the NBA, led by C Roy Hibbert's league-leading 59 (3.93 bpg). ... Pacers G George Hill scored his 4,000th point late in the first quarter and G C.J. Watson had his 1,000th assist early in the second. ... The Pacers' second unit scored a season-best 37 points in their last game against the Charlotte Bobcats, led by Watson's 18 points. ... The Wizards entered the game having won five of their last six after starting the season losing seven of their first nine. ... Wizards G John Wall was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for Nov. 18-24. Wall averaged 24.3 points, 8.5 assists and 2.75 steals in the four games to lead Washington to a 3-1 record. ... Entering the game, Washington is 21-57 in games played against Indiana on the Pacers' home court. Its last win came on April 18, 2007 (98-95). ... F Nene was out of the Wizards' starting lineup with a sore right Achilles tendon.