Wizards hold off Pacers

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – John Wall scored 18 points and the
Washington Wizards held off Indiana, 97-90, to beat the injury-riddled Pacers
for the second time this week.

Nene did a little bit of everything, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds,
five assists and a big steal with 30 seconds remaining that helped the Wizards
hold off a late rally by the Pacers.

After trailing by as many as 22 points, Indiana had it down to five with
under a minute left. Out of a timeout, Chris Copeland tried to break down
Nene, but the big man swiped the ball free and chased it down. He found Paul
Pierce, who canned two free throws to help secure the game.

Kevin Seraphin chipped in 13 points off the bench for Washington, which
bounced back from a humbling 19-point loss to Toronto on Friday and had lost
12 straight regular-season games in Indianapolis.

Indiana battled despite losing center Roy Hibbert to a knee injury in the
first quarter. Solomon Hill poured in a career-high 28 points and Copeland
scored 14.

The Pacers have lost six straight games after opening the season with a win
over Philadelphia. They are 1-6 for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

After trailing by 24 to the Raptors at halftime on Friday, Washington came out
with a sense of urgency in this one and it showed from the opening tip. Nene
scored six points during an 8-0 run that gave the Wizards an 11-4 lead midway
through the first.

Nene subbed out with 3:18 left in the first, but not before outscoring Indiana
by himself, 15-10. The Wizards did not turn the ball over, forced 10 Indiana
miscues and led 32-14 after one.

The Pacers played a much cleaner second quarter, only turning the ball over
twice, and Copeland came alive with seven points. The Wizards still won
the period by a point and owned a comfortable 54-35 halftime lead.

Hill dropped 12 in the third quarter, and Washington’s lead was down to eight
points, 73-65, heading into the fourth.

Seraphin’s jumper made it a 10-point game two minutes into the fourth, but
Indiana had one final push. Hill made a pair of free throws, A.J. Price
converted a three-point play and Hill dished off to Ian Mahinmi for a layup to
force a Wizards timeout.

Hill made a runner at 6:48 to keep the Pacers within three, but the offense
stalled after that, going nearly four minutes without a field goal.

Game Notes

Washington also beat Indiana in overtime on Wednesday … Pacers swingman C.J.
Miles missed his second straight game with a migraine … Washington
outrebounded Indiana, 49-38.