As a team, Washington made just 24 of its 74 field-goal attempts (32.9 percent) and posted a 17-10 turnover-to-assist ratio. The Wizards failed to top 18 points in any quarter, scoring 17 in the first, 16 in the second, 14 in the third and 18 in the fourth.
The Pacers got off to a similarly slow start on offense, as they held a 34-33 lead at the half.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, the NBA record for fewest combined points in the first half of a playoff game was set in the deciding Game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. The two teams combined for just 60 points in the first half of that game, which the Pistons would eventually win 69-65 to clinch a berth in the NBA Finals.
Friday's shutdown may be a bit surprising in light of the Pacers' recent struggles, but the Wizards have struggled to score against Indiana all season. Per NBA.com/Stats, the Wizards' two lowest scoring totals during the regular season both came in games against the Pacers.
On Nov. 29, the Wiz managed just 73 points in a 93-73 loss to Indiana. Then, in a Jan. 10 game against the Pacers, Washington scored a season-low 66 in an ugly 93-66 defeat. The Wizards did fare much better in the third and final regular-season meeting between the two teams, coming away with a 91-78 home win.
With the March 28 victory followed by the 102-96 win in the first game of the ongoing series, the Wizards had reason to believe that they'd figured out Indiana's defense.
Now, they'll have to re-evaluate that stance heading into Sunday's Game 4. The Pacers hold a 2-1 series lead and look as stingy as ever on defense, thanks in large part to the revival of starting center Roy Hibbert.
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