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Pacers snap losing streak with win over Wizards

Monday, December 15, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Danny Granger scored 27 points and Marquis Daniels had 20 points as Indiana snapped a six-game losing skid with a 118-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Point guards T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack each scored 16 points for the Pacers (8-16), who had dropped eight of nine coming in.

Antawn Jamison had 26 points and a season-high 15 rebounds -- his 14th double-double this season -- and Caron Butler scored 26 for Washington, which has the Eastern Conference's worst record (4-18) and has lost six of seven.

Indiana used a big edge in rebounding and turnovers to spark its offense to its biggest margin of victory this season, matching the season high for points.

The Pacers took the lead in the first quarter and pulled away in the second. An 8-0 run gave Indiana a 45-32 lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half. After the Wizards closed the lead to seven with about three minutes left in the second quarter, the Pacers finished the half with a 9-2 run for a 62-48 lead.

The Wizards mounted a comeback with a 35-point third quarter -- their second-highest output in any period this season -- but Washington never managed to take the lead. Darius Songalia's layup tied the score at 79 with 2:21 left in the quarter and Butler's 3-pointer again tied the game at 83 with 53 seconds left. However, Granger answered Butler's shot with a drive and dunk in the lane, the first of 11 unanswered points that gave the Pacers control of the game.

Indiana dominated the boards, holding a 55-41 advantage. Troy Murphy led the way with 12 rebounds, and Jeff Foster had 11. Indiana also turned the ball over only 10 times, matching a season low, to Washington's 18. Notes:

Rookie center Roy Hibbert was in a familiar setting as he made his first trip to Washington with the Pacers. The former Georgetown star called it "surreal" to walk past the Hoyas' locker room in the Verizon Center. Hibbert, who made his second start Monday, had about 30 friends and family in the stands and started asking his teammates for extra tickets two months ago. However, Hibbert picked up three fouls in the opening six minutes and finished scoreless. ... Wizards C Etan Thomas was inactive Monday for what coach Ed Tapscott termed a "routine" checkup. Thomas missed all of last season after undergoing open-heart surgery. ... C Andre Blatche replaced rookie JaVale McGee in Washington's starting lineup.

INDIANA (118)

Granger 8-21 10-10 27, Murphy 3-6 0-0 8, Hibbert 0-3 2-2 2, Ford 6-16 4-4 16, Daniels 10-17 0-1 20, Nesterovic 6-6 0-0 12, Rush 4-10 0-0 8, Jack 5-10 5-7 16, Foster 4-8 1-4 9, Graham 0-0 0-0 0, McRoberts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-97 22-28 118.

WASHINGTON (98)

Butler 9-18 6-8 26, Jamison 9-16 5-7 26, Blatche 7-15 5-7 19, Dixon 2-8 0-0 5, Stevenson 2-6 1-1 6, James 0-5 1-2 1, Young 1-4 0-0 2, Songaila 4-4 0-0 8, McGuire 0-2 1-2 1, McGee 0-1 4-4 4, Crittenton 0-0 0-0 0, Pecherov 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-81 23-31 98.

Indiana33292531--118

Washington27213515--98

3-Point Goals--Indiana 4-17 (Murphy 2-4, Jack 1-1, Granger 1-7, Ford 0-1, Rush 0-4), Washington 7-23 (Jamison 3-6, Butler 2-5, Dixon 1-3, Stevenson 1-5, Pecherov 0-1, Blatche 0-1, James 0-2). Fouled Out--Stevenson. Rebounds--Indiana 60 (Murphy 12), Washington 52 (Jamison 15). Assists--Indiana 25 (Daniels 7), Washington 21 (James 6). Total Fouls--Indiana 24, Washington 22. Technicals--Indiana defensive three second. A--14,502 (20,173).



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