Arenas, Wizards trounce Pacers
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas shot 14-of-20 from the field
for 40 points as the Washington Wizards destroyed the Indiana Pacers, 117-91,
at the Verizon Center.
Antawn Jamison had 19 points and seven rebounds while Caron Butler netted 12
for the Wizards, who have won two of their last three games.
Al Harrington scored 23 points and Danny Granger finished with 10 points and
eight boards for the Pacers, who were playing without Jermaine O’Neal. The
center sat out the contest after tweaking his ankle in Tuesday’s win against
Philadelphia. Indiana, which committed 25 turnovers, had a two-game winning
Harrington’s layup brought the Pacers within 44-43, but Washington reeled off
an 18-4 run, highlighted by Arenas’ four-point play, to take a 62-47 margin
into the half.
The Wizards opened up the second half with a 14-3 surge, capped by Jamison’s
three-point play, for a 76-50 drubbing.
Darrell Armstrong then drained a trey for the Pacers, but Indiana wouldn’t
hit another field goal for 5:14. Washington continued to pour on the points
as it upped it’s lead to 94-58 in that span. Jamison and Arenas combined to
score 12 points in that stretch.
The Wizards, who outscored the Pacers 37-21 in the third, took a 99-68 lead
into the final frame.
Despite tallying only one field goal for a nearly five minutes of the fourth,
the Wizards never allowed the Pacers to cut the lead to less than 20.
The Wizards led 33-26 after the first 12 minutes of play.
Washington shot 51.8 percent from the floor, while Indiana connected on just
38.6 percent of its shots from the field…The Pacers won the rebounding
battle, 49-39…Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson scored 10 points…Washington
has won three of the last four meetings.