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Old 11-14-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Indy's Probable starting lineup

Troy Murphy
Jermaine O'Neal
Danny Granger
Mike Dunleavy
Jamaal Tinsley

Washington's Probable starters

Brendan Haywood
Antawn Jamison
Caron Butler
DeShawn Stevenson
Gilbert Arenas

In the first of two straight road games, the Pacers meet the Washington Wizards for the second time in eight games, when they travel to the nation's capitol on Wednesday, 11/14…in the first meeting, on opening night, 10/31, the Pacers trailed by as many as eight points in the third quarter but battled back to take a five-point lead with less than a minute and a half remaining in the fourth quarter…but, the Wizards got 3-pt FGS from Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas in a 7-0 run over the final minute to force overtime…Arena's shot came as time expired…the Wizards' Caron Butler made two free throws just three seconds into the extra session…but, that would be their last points for more than three minutes and the Wizards' only field goal of overtime came with just 9.1 seconds left and the Pacers holding a double-digit lead…the Pacers win in that game was their second in their last seven meetings with Washington, but it gave Indiana a 73-63 lead in the all-time series with the Wizards…the Pacers' only other win in the last seven games with the Wizards was at Washington (99-93), 3/1/06, and it was the Pacers' third win in their last six appearances on the Wizards' home floor…overall, the Pacers have won 23 of 63 games at Washington, including the first win by a visiting team at Verizon Center, 1/2/98…since March 1990, the Pacers are 18-12 on the Wizards home court, including a mark of 10-7 at Verizon Center.

Today’s game marks the second of four meetings between Washington and Indiana this season. On opening night
in Indiana, Gilbert Arenas sent the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end regulation play, but
the Pacers outscored the Wizards 16-7 in the extra session to earn a 119-100 win. After tonight’s games, the Wizards
and Pacers will meet again on Dec. 22 in Indiana and April 14 in Washington.

• After sweeping three games from Indiana last season, Washington had its three-game winning streak against the
Pacers snapped on Halloween night.

• Washington’s Caron Butler (21.0 ppg), Gilbert Arenas (20.3 ppg) and Antawn Jamison (20.2 ppg) join the Boston
Celtics’ Paul Pierce (24.8 ppg), Kevin Garnett (21.8 ppg) and Ray Allen (21.7 ppg) as the only teammate trios in the
NBA each averaging 20+ points per game. The last teammate trio in the NBA to each average 20+ points per game
in the same season was Golden State’s Chris Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway in 1990-91.

• Washington’s Arenas, Butler and Jamison and Boston’s Pierce, Garnett and Allen all rank in the NBA’s Top 15 in
minutes per game this season. No other team in the NBA has more than one player in the Top 15.

• Antawn Jamison joins Kevin Garnett (BOS), Dwight Howard (ORL), Carlos Boozer (UTA), Yao Ming (HOU) and
Zach Randolph (NY) as the only six players in the NBA currently averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

• Washington enters play tonight leading the NBA in rebounds per game (47.5) and offensive rebounds per game
(15.8). Also, dispelling the theory that the Wizards lead the league in offensive rebounds per game solely because
they have a lot of opportunities, the Wizards also lead the NBA in percentage of their own missed shots rebounded.
This season Washington has corralled a league-best 31.7 percent of its offensive rebound chances.

• Last game vs. the Pacers...Gilbert Arenas had a season-high 34 points...Antawn Jamison (27 points, 16 rebounds),
Caron Butler (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Brendan Haywood (10 points, 13 rebounds) recorded doubledoubles...
Washington scored a season-high 110 points, including 103 points in regulation (also a seasonhigh)...
Brendan Haywood grabbed a career-high 11 offensive rebounds; the most any NBA player has had in a
game this season.

• In Washington’s last game (11/11 at Atlanta)…Caron Butler led Washington with a season-high 24 points...Brendan
Haywood had a season-high 13 points...Haywood also notched his fourth double-double of the season...Antawn
Jamison’s 24 points and 15 rebounds marked his fourth double-double of the season...DeShawn Stevenson had a
season-high 11 points...All five Wizards starters scored in double figures for the first time this season...The Wizards
established a new season-high with 26 assists and a new season-low with just 12 turnovers.

• Wizards-Pacers connections: Gilbert Arenas and Indiana’s Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy are former Golden
State Warrior teammates...Arenas and Murphy were drafted by the Warriors in the same draft class (Murphy 14th
overall; Arenas 31st overall in 2001)...Brendan Haywood and Jamaal Tinsley were was also drafted in 2001
(Haywood 20th by Cleveland; Tinsley 27th by Vancouver)...Antawn Jamison and Marquis Daniels were teammates
in Dallas in 2003-04.
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