Pacers shoot 58 percent, beat Wizards 109-96




WASHINGTON (AP) — Danny Granger scored 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight Wednesday night by shooting a season-high 58 percent in a 109-96 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Darren Collison added 17 points and 11 assists, Tyler Hansbrough and Leandro Barbosa scored 14 points apiece, and Roy Hibbert had 13 points for the Pacers, who have won eight of 11 to move into third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers were hot in the first quarter (87 percent from the field), cold in the second (33 percent), hot in the third (73 percent) and did just enough to pull away in the fourth (40 percent). They blew a 12-point first-quarter lead and trailed by one early in the third before Granger reasserted himself, teaming with Hansbrough and Collison to swing the momentum.