The questions about why the Washington Wizards decided to add Emeka Okafor last summer were raised throughout his first three games with the team, but the answers have started to come in the past two — especially during an 89-85 loss Saturday in Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-10 Okafor was a physical presence on the defensive end, pushing the Indiana Pacers' 7-2 all-star center, Roy Hibbert, out of his sweet spots and into more difficult shots.

Okafor was also a calming presence on the offensive end as he stepped out to hit foul-line jumpers and even made a baseline jumper that cut a Wizards deficit to two points with 36.4 seconds remaining.

He finished with a season-high 17 points, eight rebounds and extended to five his second-longest streak of games with a blocked shot to start a season.

"I've had games like that," said Okafor, "and hopefully I continue to have more."

The Wizards will need him to have more, with Nene out indefinitely with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and after committing to pay Okafor $28 million over the next two seasons. But Okafor's first three games with the 0-5 Wizards were both perplexing and disappointing for him.