In case you missed it. In the Pacers 97-74 win in Orlando, Danny Granger dropped a career-playoff-high 26 points and Roy Hibbert gets the 8p9s game ball for his wonderful third quater and overall excellent play.
Here is what Kyle Soppe had to say about Roy over at Hickory High.
The improvement of Hibbert has as much to do with Indiana’s success as anything, and his solid play has proven crucial against the Dwight Howard-less Magic. His 8 point, 13 rebound, 9 blocked shot performance in Game One was overshadowed as his Pacers fell, but he took on more of a scoring role last night to give his team a 2-1 advantage in the series. The Pacers big man dropped in 18 points on 80% shooting, as Indiana never trailed in this game. Despite winning the first two quarters, the Pacers put the game away in an explosive 32-17 third quarter, with Hibbert leading the way. He made 5/6 shots and grabbed 4 offensive rebounds in the third stanza, leaving little doubt that he is the series’ best big man. For the series, he is averaging 13 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots: numbers like those are hard to find aside from Andrew Bynum.
Biggest factor, quite literally, in Indiana’s wire-to-wire Game Three win.
Tags: 2012 Playoffs