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Indiana Can Do Little About The Pace Of This Blowout
25 February 1997. Washington Bullets 108, Indiana Pacers 87 (record: 25-30)
Game leaders: Howard (28 points), Howard (11 rebounds), Howard (9 assists)
This was probably the best half of basketball the Bullets have played all season. At least, the first half was. The second half was exceedingly sloppy, but the Bullets left no doubt that they were dominant on the floor tonight as they raced out to a 58-37 halftime lead.
It was the second quarter where the Bullets, already ahead in the game, put their stamp on the outcome. They used a 29-12 run in the final 9:30 of the second quarter to close the half. They used a 14-2 run to close the half to really put an exclamation point on the proceedings. The first half had the Bullets playing excellent defense, limiting the Pacers to one shot, running out off missed Pacers' shots, and passing the ball extremely well. It was a beautiful display.
Juwan Howard fell one assist short of what would have been his first career triple double, but that's about the only thing negative about his play. He had 20 points in just the first half. Chris Webber sat out much of the game (he played only 18 minutes) with foul trouble, but accumulated 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, all in the first half. Tracy Murray filled in for many of Webber's minutes and finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
This was a fun game to watch, particularly in the first half. The Bullets played with a lot of effort and intensity, and they took apart a Pacers team that wasn't quite ready for this. The question remains whether the Bullets can continue this effort and success through the rest of the season. If they can, watch out...
wtf 26 February 1997
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