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Pacers send Wizards to franchise-worst 0-9


February 19. 2013 6:15PM
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WASHINGTON — There were boos early and at the end for the winless Washington Wizards, who dropped to a franchise-worst 0-9 with a 96-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.


Indiana's David West scored 13 of his season-best 30 points in the fourth quarter, and Roy Hibbert broke out of a slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds.


Still without point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and starting center Nene — and no one seems to be sure when either injured player will make his season debut — the Wizards are the only team in the NBA without a victory. They started 0-8 a year ago, the club's previous worst opening to a season.


They were led Monday by rookie Bradley Beal's 18 points, 17 coming in the second half.


Jordan Crawford scored 11 on 2-for-12 shooting for Washington, which was jeered by the announced crowd of 14,426 in the opening minutes and again at the closing buzzer.


Bobcats 102, Bucks 98

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ramon Sessions scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal Charlotte's win over Milwaukee.


The Bobcats trailed by 11 in the fourth but battled back, going 16 of 16 from the free throw line down the stretch. Sessions' two free throws after Monta Ellis missed a 3-point attempt sent the Bucks to their first road loss and lifted the surprising Bobcats (5-4) back above .500.


Ellis scored 31 points for the Bucks.


Kemba Walker and Byron Mullens each scored 19 points for the Bobcats, while rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in another solid effort with 15 points and nine rebounds.


Hawks 81, Magic 72

ATLANTA — Al Horford scored 15 points and Lou Williams added 14 to lead Atlanta to a win over struggling Orlando.


Zaza Pachulia pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role for the Hawks, who have won two straight and three of four.


Glen Davis was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points for the Magic, who have lost two straight and seven of eight.


Orlando seemed to have given itself a break by ending the first quarter with a rare lead. The Magic had trailed after the first 12 minutes in seven of their first nine games.


Nuggets 97, Grizzlies 92

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, including a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets ended the Memphis Grizzlies' win streak at eight games with a victory.


JaVale McGee provided a second-half lift for Memphis and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kenneth Faried added 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Denver outrebound Memphis 47-33.


Denver also won the battle in the paint 50-44 and outscored the Grizzlies in second-chance points 21-16.





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