INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers, the best home team in the NBA, faced little challenge from the Washington Wizards, who were trying for their longest road winning streak in more than five years.
David West scored 20 points and C.J. Watson had 16, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-66 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
"This was a sensational defensive effort," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "You want to see a team come out and play as hard as any on the defensive end, come see this team play."
Indiana (29-7) used an 11-3 run in the third quarter to create separation from Washington. Two field goals from West capped off the swing, which put the Pacers up 56-40.
Trying for their first four-game win streak on the road since February 2008, the Wizards (16-18) stumbled at the foul line. They finished 9 of 23 on free throws, hitting just five of their first 14.
"I thought we did a great job moving the ball early in the game and sticking with it," John Wall said. "But you can't stay in the game when you are missing free throws like we were."
Washington lost to the Pacers for the 11th time in 12 tries and haven't won at Indiana since April 18, 2007.
Indiana remains the NBA's best home team at 17-1 at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, including seven in a row.
Paul George of the Pacers and Wall of Wizards each opened 1 of 8 from the field. George finished with eight points on 2-of-14 shooting and Wall had 13 points.