Pacers 93 Wizards 73
November 29, 2013
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Even before Jan Vesely was ruled a starter for last night’s game in place of Nene, we foresaw the matchup against the NBA best 14-1 Pacers inevitably becoming a debacle.
Unfortunately, the reality of that was only amplified after the horrendous Garrett Temple/Eric Maynor rotations kicked in and John Wall’s equally horrendous shooting night. The Wizards got humbled in Indiana 93-73, snapping their 3-game winning streak behind the lowest scoring output of their season.
The Wizards managed to hang with the Pacers throughout the entire first half, offering us spots of hope that they’d break through and contest to the end like they have in almost all their games all season long. But Indiana’s defense tightened up and the Wizards succumbed to bad shots and costly turnovers.
Marcin Gortat, who kept the game watchable at the very least with a 17 and 10 stat line, looked composed in defending Roy Hibbert, especially in the first half when he held Hibbert to 0-for-5 shooting. But the absence of their other big man ultimately hurt the Wizards, as Hibbert would hit four of his next five shots in the second half.
But perhaps the most glaring fallout for the Wizards was their failure to log any transition points. Yes, that’s right, folks, the NBA’s second best transition-scoring team had a total of ZERO against the Pacers. But don’t credit Indy’s D for that milestone, the Wizards were simply inept with their decision-making and committed too many costly errors running with the ball.