Wizards hand Pacers sixth straight loss, 111-98

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

The Wizards, whose starters scored 97 points while making 38 of 71 field goal attempts, won four straight, 11 of 12 and 18 of 21 dating to January 6. Add in the fact that in is playing back-to-back nights, while Washington will be coming to town rested, and I can't find a reason to pick the Pacers. From that point, the Pacers could only tread water, never drawing close enough to threaten the Washington lead. The Wizards' starters outscored Indiana's 97-59. Paul George scored 17 points, and Jeff Teague had six points, six rebounds and five assists for IN (29-28).

Washington was led by 25 points from Porter Jr.

The Wizards improved to 34-21, shooting 51.8 percent from the floor in inflicting the Pacers' sixth loss in a row. The Wizards scored 100 points for the 22nd straight game.

Before the losing streak, the Pacers won seven straight games and looked like one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

WASHINGTON KEY TRENDS: The Wizards have won nine of their last 10 games and are 6-4 against the spread during that span. "I think we are in a good spot, but I think the thing I love about this group is that they are not satisfied". All-star point guard John Wall led the Wizards to victory with a 26-point, 14-assist performance.

It's a hard league to win in when you're trading 2's for 3's and aren't making up that advantage in other areas, such as turnovers, where both teams had 11, but Pacers still got outscored 20-13 in points off turnovers, fast break (Washington 10-4), or free throw shooting (Indiana 14-10). "I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court", Wall said to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. The Wizards will have a similar test when they return from the All-Star break.

Minutes before tipoff on Thursday, Pacers team president Larry Bird walked to center court with the team's franchise player, Paul George.

"We have been looking real good for the last few months", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "We wanted to finish this first half strong and now it's time to enjoy the break, come back recharged and get ready for the second half of the season". During the six-game losing streak, the Pacers played the Wizards and Cavaliers twice each, Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back and the Spurs.

Simultaneously, the 6-5 Beal, who has been injury-plagued during his five years in the National Basketball Association, as he was sidelined for a total of 82 games during his first four seasons and has sat out four games thus far in the current campaign, has become a premiere player at his position, averaging 22.3 points on 40 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Over the final three minutes, IN was able to make a little headway into Washington's lead to trail by 10 heading into the locker room.

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