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Monday, November 19th
(All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (4-7) at Washington Wizards (0-8), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards are on the verge of franchise
futility and look to avoid an 0-9 start for the first time in history Monday
versus the Indiana Pacers in D.C.
The Wizards became the second team in NBA history to begin back-to-back
seasons with 0-8 starts after Saturday's 83-76 loss versus Utah. Jordan
Crawford scored 20 points and had eight assists, and Trevor Ariza had 16
points, nine rebounds and three steals for Washington, the only winless team
remaining in the NBA.
"It is just discouraging that we can't break through," said Wizards coach
Randy Wittman. "We have to find a way. I am going to continue to look for
different combinations, and play different guys together and see trying to get
into a little bit of a rhythm."
Emeka Okafor had eight points and game-high 14 rebounds in defeat.
Washington has scored 76 points in two of the last three games and is
averaging a league low 86.6 ppg.
The Wizards are 0-3 at the Verizon Center this season and have lost all six of
their encounters with teams from the Eastern Conference. They're still playing
without point guard John Wall, who's resting a balky knee.
A.J. Price had eight points versus Utah and is 16 shy of 1,000 in his career.
Since winning its season opener at Toronto, Indiana has lost six in a row on a
the road and hope to have some success Monday against the winless Wizards.
The Pacers are averaging 84.8 ppg during the road slide and suffered an 88-76
loss at New York on Sunday. Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points, while
David West added 14 points and seven rebounds for Indiana, which has lost
three of four games to fall to 4-7 on the season.
"We gotta get more shots," George said. "We gotta get better looks, more
attempts and take care of the ball."
George is the only Pacer to score in double figures in every game this season.
Three of Indiana's last six road losses have been decided by three points or
The Pacers recently defeated Washington, 89-85, back on Nov. 10, as George
posted 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the way. Indiana has won seven
straight, 11 of 13 and 14 of the previous 19 meetings with the Wizards, losers
of three in a row as the host in this series.
Indiana and Washington will meet again on January 2nd and April 6th.
Crawford owns career averages of 17.8 points and 2.5 assists per game in six
career matchups with the Pacers.
11/19 10:34:15 ET