Roy Hibbert responds with season-high to hold off Wizards

Roy Hibbert responds with season-high to hold off Wizards
May 7, 2014, 9:15 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- With his college coach in attendance, Roy Hibbert played like an All-Star again as he carried the Indiana Pacers to a 86-82 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday to make the series 1-1. It was Washington's first road loss in the postseason. 

Hibbert scored 17 of his season-high 28 by halftime, but the Pacers still trailed 45-43 as all nine players for the Wizards who logged time scored. Georgetown coach John Thompson III had to be pleased with the turnaround for Hibbert, who went without a point or rebound in a 102-96 loss in Game 1, and spared the Pacers from disaster.

Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting and a game-high 11 rebounds, including a pair of highlight tomahawk dunks over Ian Mahinmi in the first half and Hibbert to begin the third quarter. 

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Trevor Ariza, who made all of his six three-point shots and had 22 points in Game 1 for Washington, didn't have a good offensive outing. He only had six points on 2-for-8 shooting, but held Paul George to 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting. 

With a one-possession game in the final minute, John Wall missed a pair of three-pointers. He shot 2-for-13 overall for just six points, had eight assists and just one turnover. Bradley Beal had 17 points.

Hibbert scored the first five points of the game to get Indiana out to a good start. 

Turning point: With the score tied at 55, Lance Stephenson, who had been scoreless up to that point in the third quarter, scored eight consecutive points for the Pacers. 

Key stats: After going 10-for-16 from three-point range in Game 1, the Wizards were just 5-for-21. ... The Pacers had a 10-1 edge in fast-break points

False alarm:  The Wizards lost Nene to a left ankle sprain with 4:28 in the first quarter trailing 15-13, but he returned early in the second with a 31-28 lead. Nene made a mid-range jumper with 9:03 left in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards regain the lead at 71-69. He finished with 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting.

From the locker room: "You have to give them credit. Roy came out and had a heck of a game, one that we all know he is capable of having. We didn't do the job that we have of not letting him catch the ball where he wants and get him off his spot. They took advantage of it, no question about it. That was big for them." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

"We did not play our best game. We didn't shoot the ball well. But we still were able to give ourselves a chance at the end of the game. We'll take this and move on. I thought we got great looks all night, especially out of our transition." -- Beal 

"Just haven't been as aggressive as I should have been in the past. You have to look within yourself to make things happen. David (West) talked to me about being the person that rescues yourself when you're in the middle of the ocean." -- Hibbert 

Up next: The Wizards returned to D.C. immediately after the game, will practice late Thursday afternoon and play Game 3 at Verizon Center on Friday (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).

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