Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/24/14
WASHINGTON - In the basketball-loving nation's capital area, the letter "W" stands for Wizards or Washington, but not wins -- not yet. The Washington Wizards established a franchise-worst 0-9 start as the Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 96-89 win over the Wizards on Monday. Despite a furious second-half rally, Washington broke its previous mark of eight straight losses to open a season set during the truncated 2011-12 campaign. David West scored a season-high 30 points and Roy Hibbert broke out of a prolonged slump with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Pacers (5-7) held on despite blowing most of a 20-point, third-quarter lead against the NBA's only winless team. Wizards' rookie Bradley Beal scored 17 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, including nine during an 18-2 third-quarter surge. Trailing 69-49 with 5:08 remaining in the quarter, the Wizards scored 16 consecutive points behind the backcourt combination of Be...
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