- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 29, 2010


WASHINGTONRandy Wittmann has been a head coach in the NBA before. He just didn’t want to be one under these conditions.

Flip Saunders abruptly left the WashingtonApple“> WizardsApple“> before Wednesday’s game to be with his ailing mother, leaving Wittmann in charge.

After losing 10 of the previous 11 games and all 15 on the road, perhaps theApple“> WizardsApple“> could have been excused for bemoaning their fate at halftime.

Washington Wizards guard Nick Young (1) follows through on his shot while guarded by Indiana Pacers guard Brandon Rush in the third quarter of the Wizards' 104-90 home win Wednesday. (Associated Press)
Washington Wizards guard Nick Young (1) follows through on his shot while ... more >

After a sloppy 24 minutes with the score tied at 44 and Kirk Hinrich, their sole player to participate in all 30 games gone with a bruised left thigh, Wittmann had only one thought as he remembered the jagged first half.

“They’re not sending this to the museum,” he joked.

After 11 ties in the first half, Washington took control in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-90.

Hinrich had a sore knee, which he aggravated early in the game, Wittmann said.

Then early in the second quarter, he was kneed in the thigh and after playing a scoreless 12 minutes, Hinrich was done for the night.

After the game, Hinrich limped noticeably on his way to the training room.

With Hinrich out, rookie John Wall, in just his third game after missing five with a bruised right knee, played 35 minutes and was one of sixApple“> WizardsApple“> to score in double figures.

Wall, who had 10 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds, cramped up during the game.

“I was drinking a lot of Gatorades and waters during the breaks. I’m not used to playing that many minutes after being out for so long,” Wall said. “I just got to get myself back in better shape.”

Nick Young led Washington with 25 points and a career-high nine rebounds.

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