Hibbert helps Pacers past Wizards to level series

Reuters| Updated: May 08, 2014, 13:00 PM IST

Roy Hibbert emerged from a deep playoff slump to help rescue the Indiana Pacers as they edged Washington 86-82 on Wednesday to avoid falling behind by two games in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

Hibbert, coming off a Game One performance in which he failed to record a point or rebound, broke through with 28 points and nine rebounds that allowed Indiana to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

The top-seeded Pacers trailed 77-74 with five minutes to go in Indianapolis before answering with a 10-2 run that clinched the contest.

Marcin Gortat tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who head home to Washington for Game Three on Friday