Indiana Pacers (5-7) 96
Washington Wizards (0-9) 89
Thank you, David West and Roy Hibbert.
More specifically, a special thanks to Roy Hibbert for finally showing up to play. The Indiana Pacers frontcourt duo, expected to be one of the better tandems in the league, combined for 50 points in a 96-89 Pacers victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. It was their second win in three games.
Not only did West and Hibbert score at will, they shot a blistering 18-24 (75%) from the field, 14-15 (93%) from the charity stripe, pulled down 20 rebounds and had eight blocked shots. More importantly, Hibbert found his groove in the low post. He contributed his best effort, by far, on both ends of the floor for Indiana.
Dominating. Impressive. Whatever word you want to use to describe their efforts, the two carried the Indiana Pacers throughout the game. West and Hibbert outscored Washington’s starters 50-31 and outrebounded them 20-13.
The Pacers jumped out to a 28-13 advantage after the first quarter, and led by nine at the half. Indiana then regained a double-figure lead in the third period, before the Wizards closed strong and only trailed the Pacers by four going into the final 12 minutes.
It looked as though Washington was going to thrive with the momentum, and then West, the veteran, took over. He scored 13 of his 30 points down the stretch, helping the Pacers take control of the game when it counted.
Rookie Bradley Beal came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points for the Wizards. Beal’s output was not enough, however, to clinch the first win of the season for Washington as they fell to 0-9 on the young season. They are the only winless team remaining in the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers improved to 5-7 and have two games at home before heading out west for a four-game road trip.