By Scott Agness

Yet again, the Pacers had their backs against the wall to start a series when they hosted the Wizards in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Indiana needed a win to avoid going down 0-2 in a series, where history isn’t on their side. Roy Hibbert made his presence felt in a big way, with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds, to lead the Pacers to an 86-82 victory on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Hibbert scored the first five points of the game. Coach Frank Vogel requested an improved and more energetic start, and his guys delivered, running out to a 13-5 lead.

Watch: 28 Points Versus the Wizards

The lead changed hands four times in the second quarter, when Hibbert tallied 10 more points, hitting two mid-range jumpers and knocking down all six of his free throw attempts.

Inside the Numbers

With 28 points, Roy Hibbert was one shy of his postseason career-high, set during last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. His nine rebounds are his personal best this postseason.

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