Sounding increasingly exasperated, he continued: "I'm looking down the whole roster, and if I had a cellphone, I'd be calling the waiver wire, trying to find another body. I mean, I'm just searching right now, searching for people to give me consistency."
The Wizards actually earned a standing ovation at the end of the third quarter after whittling a 20-point deficit to 71-67 on Shaun Livingston's jumper entering the fourth.
Washington went on an 18-2 run to close the third, including 16 points in a row, with rookie Bradley Beal scoring nine of his 18.
And when Chris Singleton made a jumper while getting fouled with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game, Washington suddenly was within 86-85. Alas, Singleton failed to convert the three-point play, missing the free throw that would have tied the score, and West's jumper at the other end put the Pacers back up by three.
As West's shot went through the net, Wittman raised his arms then put his hands atop his head in a resigned pose. Moments later, Wittman called time out after West sank yet another jumper to make it 90-85.
And that was pretty much that.
Washington's next chance for its first victory comes Wednesday at the Atlanta Hawks.
"I'll toss another group out there and we'll see if we can't find a group that starts off well," Wittman said. "I'm going to keep trying."
NOTES: Indiana is 5-7. ... Wizards F Trevor Booker hurt his right knee late in the fourth quarter. Wittman wasn't sure of the severity of the injury. ... Vogel was asked before the game whether he'd considered taking Hibbert out of the starting lineup and using him as a reserve. "No. We think about doing a lot of things to get him going," Vogel replied, "but that's not one of them." Added Vogel: "He knows he's better than he's doing." ... The Pacers outrebounded the Wizards 46-36.
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