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“You have to make simple, simple plays down the stretch,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “It might sound trivial or fundamental, but it has to be the easiest play you can make down the stretch, and if it’s not, then you can’t take the chance.

“They’re busting their tails and playing hard, we just have to break through the barrier. … You can’t let frustration get the best of you.”

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.

NOTES: During his pregame interview, Vogel lamented his team’s failure to get Hibbert involved during the loss to New Jersey. The center was held to five points on 2-for-7 shooting against the Nets. … The Wizardspaid no attention to recent comments by Maryland coach Gary Williams that Kentucky could beat the 11-winWizards. The Wildcats (36-2) face Louisville in the Final Four on Saturday with a 36-2 record. Wizards coach Randy Wittman was asked his thoughts on Williams’ comments before Thursday’s game. “Never heard of them,” Wittman said succinctly before walking away. … Wizards rookie Shelvin Mack made his first professional appearance in Indianapolis after he helped lead Butler to the NCAA national championship game in 2010 and 2011. He entered the game to a round of applause at the 1:39 mark of first quarter and finished the game with two points, two rebounds and four assists in 13:31. He spent large portion of pregame signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.