Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards
(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Roy Hibbert picked the perfect game to come out of his slump.
The center scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers topped the Washington Wizards 86-82 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.
Hibbert entered Wednesday's game with a combined 37 points and 24 rebounds in Indiana's first eight playoff games, but he sounded pretty confident after his performance Wednesday.
"I just want to string a few games together," he said. "Consistency hasn't been my biggest friend this year. I'm going to try to continue to play aggressive and I'm going to try to control the things I can control. I can't control play calls, but I can control how hard I play, how fast I run down the court and how well I play defense."
The Wizards led by as much as six early in the third quarter and rallied in the fourth to take a 77-74 lead with five minutes remaining. Hibbert and Paul George then scored six straight points to give the Pacers the lead for good.
Marcin Gortat led Washington with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Bradley Beal chipped in 17 points. They finished just 5-of-21 from behind the arc, the lowest percentage (23.8) in the playoffs this year.
Game 3 will be played on Friday night in Washington. The Pacers will need to steal a game in the nation's capital to earn back homecourt advantage.
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