NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 29th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (7-8) at Indiana Pacers (14-1), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Before the NBA-best Indiana Pacers set forth on a
challenging five-game western trek, they will welcome the Washington Wizards
to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday night.
The Pacers will begin their road trip Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers,
Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City
Thunder, and have won five in a row since the only loss of the season Nov. 16
at Chicago. They have an NBA-leading 14-1 mark and just handed the Charlotte
Bobcats a 99-74 setback on Wednesday.
C.J. Watson scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, Paul
George and Lance Stephenson each had 15 points and Roy Hibbert chipped in 14
points with 10 rebounds for the Pacers. Watson sank 6-of-7 3-pointers off the
"I'm very proud of the effort," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "C.J.
Watson was the star of the game tonight. His performance off the bench hitting
six 3s really broke open the game."
Indiana prevailed despite making just 38.1 percent for the game and had a
57-43 advantage on the glass.
The Pacers are 8-0 at home and 11-1 in conference action.
Washington has won three in a row and five of six games, including Wednesday's
100-92 overtime triumph at Milwaukee.
Marcin Gortat scored six of his game-high 25 points in overtime and ended 11-
of-12 from the field, while John Wall finished with 19 points with six assists
and five steals. Martell Webster netted 18 points for Washington, which played
its second straight game without leading scorer Bradley Beal (leg). Beal is
out indefinitely and averaging 20.6 ppg.
"Tonight we came out slow and sluggish, and that's unacceptable," Webster said
of the Wizard's slow start. "We can't do that."
The Wizards still shot 50 percent for the game.
Washington will return to the nation's capital after Friday's game and will
start a four-game homestand Saturday versus Atlanta, Orlando, Milwaukee and
Denver. The Wizards are 3-6 on the road as opposed to a 4-2 record in D.C.
Wizards forward Al Harrington (knee) is questionable at Indiana and last
played Nov. 12 at Dallas.
Indiana took three of four meetings with Washington last season and sports a
15-5 ledger in the previous 20 matchups. The Wizards have struggled in Indy
lately, losing 10 in a row and 12 of 15 contests there.
11/29 10:30:25 ET