Warren shot 14 for 26 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 2-0 since resuming the season. They played without star guard Victor Oladipo, who rested on the first night of back-to-back games.
Indiana pulled within a game of Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
“Everybody’s stepping up, so everybody’s just trying to take turns and give it all they got when they’re out there,” Warren said. “So, it’s been working so far.”
Especially for Warren, who shot 20 of 29 overall and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in a 127-121 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his Disney debut, and Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday each added 17 points.
“We had a lapse in the third quarter but we were able to finish the game,” Brogdon said.
Thomas Bryant had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who fell to 0-3 at Disney and likely won’t be sticking around terribly long. They dropped to 7 1/2 games behind eighth-place Brooklyn and need to be within four games to force a play-in for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Washington had a 38-31 lead in the second quarter, but the Pacers ripped off a 20-2 run to take a 51-40 lead on Myles Turner’s three-point play with 1:39 left.
The Wizards recovered and trailed just 68-66 after Bryant’s 3-pointer with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter. But Turner had a dunk before Warren scored the next eight points, converting a pair of three-point plays, to kick off the second big run and Washington couldn’t bounce back from that one.
“I just like the effort. I like just the fight,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We were down. We were playing hard in the first half. They went on that 18-2 or 20-2 run and we tried everything. Couldn’t get anything to go for us and they didn’t give up. They cut it to seven late in the game but it’s a great group to coach.”
Oladipo initially planned to opt out of the restart but joined his teammates in Florida eventually and scored 15 points and played 32 minutes in the 76ers game. He had played just 13 games before the shutdown as he recovers from a ruptured quad tendon.
Up next, the Wizards play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Wizards: The Wizards shuffled their lineup by having Ish Smith take over for Shabazz Napier as the starting point guard. Napier had shot 8 of 22 and had totaled eight turnovers and five assists during the first two games of the restart. Napier scored 16 points and Smith had 12.
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