After the Indiana Pacers left the court to enter the home locker rooms on Wednesday night, all things except the score appeared to be in their favor. Center Roy Hibbert had finally come alive after 14 first half points yet the Washington Wizards held a two-point halftime lead. Washington, however, let off the gas pedal a bit in the second half and the Pacers near perfect game ended with a 86-82 victory. The win tied the series at one game apiece as the action will return to the Verizon Center for game three.
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Washington struggled in major statistical categories shooting just 23.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc as well as an abysmal 41.7 percent from the charity stripe. In game one, the Wizards held a clear edge in both of those categories and the game two struggles lead to their undoing. Also, star point guard John Wall had just 6 points finishing 2-14 from the field including several game-tying three-point attempts missed in the final minutes.
Washington must regain focus as they head home for game three where they will have an excellent chance to once again regain control of this best of seven series. Things, however, must change from game two including John Wall’s performance as well as the three point and free throw shooting. Tune in Friday for exciting coverage of game three.