INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Wall scored 18 points and Nene scored 17 to lead a balanced offense for Washington as the Wizards defeated the Pacers 97-90 on Saturday night.
Washington held a 54-35 lead at halftime, but had to hold off a late charge by the Pacers. Indiana outscored Washington 30-19 in the third quarter to get close, but couldn’t take the lead.
Marcin Gortat got into early foul trouble and had limited playing time. Paul Pierce scored 12 points and Kevin Serephin came off the bench to score 13.
Indiana center Roy Hibbert left the game with a bruised left knee with less than a minute to play in the first quarter and did not return. It was unclear how the injury occurred.
Solomon Hill led Indiana with a career-high 28 points, including 20 in the second half. Chris Copeland added 14.
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