Originally written November 19, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
WASHINGTON -- In the basketball-loving nation's capital, the letter "W" stands for Wizards or Washington, but not "win" -- not yet. The Washington Wizards fell to 0-9, the worst start in franchise history, as the Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 96-89 win Monday at the Verizon Center. 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. The Pacers (5-7) held on despite blowing most of a 20-point, third-quarter lead against the NBA's only winless team. David West scored a season-high 30 points for Indiana, and a late-night phone call helped Pacers center Roy Hibbert break out of a prolonged slump. Hibbert finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and he matched West with four blocked shots. Slow starts have plagued Washington throughout the season, and the misfiring Wizards trailed 26-7 in the first quarter. Near ra...
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