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Wizards Come Out with a Dud Against the Pacers, Lose Season Opener 143-120

Even With Kuzma’s 25 Points, The Wizards Just Were Never Really Close Tonight in Indiana with a 143-120 Loss

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Indianapolis, IN–

At the end of the pre-season, the Wizards had a lot of question marks about their performance in a couple of those games, tonight Wizards fans would have rather this game against the Pacers be another game that no meaning whatsoever, but this test was real and the 143-120 final score was also real.

If you watched the first quarter of the game, there was plenty of good things that we started with, it just didn’t look like that by the time we got to halftime and the problems with the offense had only just started.

The Pacers 143 points in their win over the Wizards Wednesday was the most by any team in a season opener since 1990. It’s also 5th-most all-time. One of the biggest differences tonight was the three-point shooting by the Pacers or just the overall shooting. Bruce Brown had a career-high 6 threes in his Pacers debut.

The Wizards had a chance to look at Kuzma and Jordan Poole together in a regular season game. While their scoring was balanced, Kuzma at 25 points and Poole at 18, there just wasn’t that ability to score when they needed to do so in the second half. Indiana took full advantage of quite a few fast breaks that led to any consistency.

” We obviously came out a little flat after that fourth quarter and Gaf, got into foul trouble that didn’t help us much either. We will take a look at the tapes and see what we can do to improve before the home opener on Saturday night,” said Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr.



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