May 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) pumps fists with forward Rasual Butler (8) to get fired up before the game against the Washington Wizards in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Hibbert Scores 28, First Time Since 2013 Conference Finals

Best game in three months. Wait, maybe all season.

In 33 minutes, Roy Hibbert scored 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. He shot 10-of-13 from the field and made all eight of his free throws. The Pacers needed a huge effort from somebody other than David West and Paul George. And those two didn’t shoot particularly well from the field in Game 2. Here’s his shot chart below.

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This is the first time Roy Hibbert scored 28 points or more since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals last year. He scored 29.

Hibbert got it going in early, scoring Indiana’s first five points. He got a lot of post-up opportunities that he did not get in the playoffs. He posted up six times in the game, per synergy sports. There were some awkward finishes and friendly rolls but Hibbert will take it. He’s been struggling with consistency and needed a game like this. Don’t set the expectations too high. I doubt he will have another 25 point performance in the playoffs.

Here are his highlights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYiLCo3JTpo

 

 

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