GAME 2

82

86

Recap

The Wizards struggled from beyond the arc and at the free throw line, and as a result dropped game 2 to Indiana, 86-82. The win by Indiana evens the series up at one game each. The Wizards shot 45% from the field, which was better than what they shot in game 1, but were just 5/21 from three for 23.8% and 5/12 from the free throw line for 41.7%. The Pacers were 4/12 from three for 33.3% and, in contrast to the Wizards, 18/21 from the stripe for 85.7%. Despite the poor shooting, the game was tight all the way down the stretch, but the Wizards managed just three points in the finals three minutes to allow the Pacers to seal the deal.

For as invisible as Roy Hibbert was in game 1, he was that dominant in game 2. Hibbert was responsible for most of the Pacers offense, bailing them out time after time, and finished with 28 points. George Hill added 14 and Lance Stephenson, who started the game 0-9 from the field, finished with 12 points, seven boards and five assists.

Hibbert's Washington counterpart, Marcin Gortat, matched him step for step most of the way, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Beal had another nice night with 17 points, seven assists, five boards and two steals. It was not John Wall's night shooting the ball, as he had just six points on 2/13 shooting. The night was not all bad for Wall as he had an eight to one assist to turnover ratio.

Despite the loss, the Wizards still hold homecourt advantage as the series shifts to DC. Game three is Friday at 8pm at the Verizon Center.

Key Moment

The Wizards were down one after a Gortat basket with 3:23 to go, and from there on out the offense went absolutely ice cold. The Wizards would not score again until there were 11 seconds left in the game, and while Indiana had only built up a five point lead, it was enough.

Player of the Game

Roy Hibbert bounced back from a rough game 1 to dominate game 2 with 28 points on 10/13 shooting from the field and 8/8 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down nine boards, blocked two shots and was a game-high +16.

Key Number

1. The game was played at the Pacers pace and that resulted in just one fast break point for Washington.

Unsung Hero

Nene tweaked his ankle early in the game, but only missed part of a quarter and came back to contribute in a big way. He had 14 points on 7/14 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.

By: Jacob Raim



Field Goal %: 45.0%
3 Point %: 23.8%
Assists: 20
Rebounds: 43
Opponents Field Goal %: 44.4%


Points: Marcin Gortat - 21
Rebounds: Marcin Gortat - 11
Assists: John Wall - 8
Blocks: 3 Tied - 1
Steals: Ariza and Beal - 2