Instant analysis: Wizards 104, Pacers 85

Instant analysis: Wizards 104, Pacers 85
April 6, 2013, 9:30 pm
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John Wall scored more than half of his team's points in the first half as the Wizards (29-47) won their ninth game in a row at Verizon Center on Saturday -- and snapped a nine-game losing streak vs. the Indiana Pacers. 

Player of the game: Wall had a game-high 37 points on 16-for-25 shooting, five assists, four rebounds and only two turnovers. It's his seventh game of 25 or more points since March 12. 

The rundown: The Wizards started fast, taking a 26-12 lead behind Wall's one-man show. SG Garrett Temple stole and inbounds pass for a layup and made a three-pointer to help them stay ahead 31-26 going into the second quarter. With Wall on the bench, the Pacers (48-29) made their move. D.J. Augustin came off the bench to hit a three-pointer to give them a 38-37 lead. Wall's return turned the tide as he scored 11 of their final 13 points to lead 51-48 at the half. The Pacers came out flat in the second half and trailed by as many as 20 points, 88-68, after a three-pointer by SF Trevor Ariza with 7:28 left in the game. Pacers C Roy Hibbert, who starred at Georgetown, led them with 25 points and 10 rebounds. 

Turning point: The Wizards went on a 12-0 run, including six consecutive points by Wall, to open the third quarter and blow open a close contest. They entered the fourth ahead 77-66. 

Filling the void: Temple had failed to score in two of his last three games, but he made spot-up three-pointers from opposite corners in the first half. Temple had been starting in place of Bradley Beal when he went down with a left ankle sprain March 3, for 16 games. He finished with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting Saturday.

Whiffed: Pacers SF Paul George was an All-Star for the first time in his career, but he did not play like one Saturday. George missed all of his eight shots and finished with just two points. 

Who’s next: Sunday at Boston Celtics (39-37), 6 p.m. ET, CSN. 

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