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George helps Pacers top lowly Wizards 89-85

INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the winless Washington Wizards 89-85 on Saturday night.

Roy Hibbert added seven points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Pacers (3-4), who stopped a three-game slide. Gerald Green had 15 points and Lance Stephenson scored 12 in his first start of the season.

“Guys seemed a little tired, but really gutted it out,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re in a figure things out kind of mode.”

Washington carried a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter, and Jordan Crawford promptly made a 3-pointer to extend the lead to five. But the Pacers then grabbed control with a 10-0 run.

Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal had 17 points apiece for the Wizards (0-5), and A.J. Price finished with 12 points and 14 assists.

Washington made one last run late in the fourth quarter. Beal made a 3-pointer and Okafor had a jumper to trim the Pacers lead to 87-85 with 36.4 seconds left. Trevor Booker had a look at a tying jumper, but missed and George hit two free throws to close it out.

Indiana shot just 58 percent (14 for 24) at the free-throw line, but Washington only attempted seven foul shots, making five.

The Wizards used a 9-0 run to grab a 47-40 lead with 3:32 left in the first half. Price made a 3-pointer and a jumper during the surge.

The Pacers rallied to leave it tied at 49 at halftime. George closed out the half with a 3.

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