Granger, Hibbert lead Pacers past Wizards, 93-89

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Danny Granger scored 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-89 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.

David West had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers and George Hill added 14 points. Indiana bounced back from a 16-point loss at New Jersey on Wednesday night to win for the third time in four games.

Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Nene had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which has lost five straight.

Roy Hibbert scored five of his nine points during the Pacers' 7-2 run late in the fourth quarter that separated the teams after they were tied at 80-all with 4:52 remaining.

Hibbert hit an awkward hook to score his first points since the first quarter to put the Pacers up by two. Danny Granger came back with a turnaround jumper to extend the lead to four. After Nene knocked down a running hook, Hibbert came back with a jump-hook plus the free throw after being fouled by Nene.

Crawford's acrobatic layup pulled the Wizards to 89-87.

John Wall, who finished with 13 points and two assists, drove the lane with 32.4 seconds left but lost control and the ball deflected back across midcourt for his fifth turnover of the game. The Wizards never scored again.

The Wizards' last lead came with 1:20 left in the third quarter at 69-68. But an eight-point quarter from Tyler Hansbrough, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds left, allowed the Pacers rally once again. They went in to the final quarter with a 72-69 lead off a 12-3 run.