The Indiana Pacers drew even in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Washington Wizards last time out, but the action shifts to our nations capital Friday night for Game 3. John Vukovich Jersey . Watch the game on TSN2 and TSN GO at 8pm et/5pm pt. Friday will mark the first second-round playoff game in Washington since 2005. That year, the Wizards were swept by the Miami Heat in the semis, but that wont happen this time around. The Wiz won Game 1 on Monday, but the Pacers clawed back into the series with an 86-82 home victory on Wednesday. Indiana was carried by the unlikeliest of players in Game 2. Roy Hibbert, who scored zero points and grabbed zero rebounds in Game 1s loss, scored 28 points and grab nine rebounds on Wednesday. Hibbert went scoreless three times this postseason and put up donuts in both categories twice, but the All-Star took his mind off things and dominated the Wizards. "Sometimes I wear my heart on my sleeve and other times I just keep things in," admitted Hibbert. "Tonight, I just felt like I just had one thing on my mind: to help this team win. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in my sweet spot and believing in me. I just wanted to return the favor." Head coach Frank Vogel acknowledged he didnt call any plays for Hibbert, but the big man was active from the jump. He scored the games first five points and totaled 17 in the first half. "Im sure he didnt like the way he played the other night," said Vogel. "Im sure he didnt like the criticism. Thats the remarkable thing. You play with a certain amount of force and the ball finds you." Another factor that may have freed up Hibbert was the teams announcement that Andrew Bynum, who was signed as a backup in February, would not appear in a game this postseason and that his tenure with the Pacers was over. Some reports indicated Hibbert wasnt pleased with the Bynum signing. George Hill finished with 14 points, followed by 12 from Lance Stephenson and 11 out of Paul George. Marcin Gortat had 21 points to lead the Wizards, Bradley Beal added 17 and Nene scored 14 despite rolling his left ankle in the first quarter. All-Star guard John Wall and Trevor Ariza, who scored 22 in Game 1, combined for 12 points in Game 2. Hibberts magical return to form meant a lot for the Pacers, but Game 2 was tightly contested until late in the fourth quarter. Gortat scored with 3:23 to go to get the Wiz within one, but Washington couldnt buy a bucket after that. The Wizards didnt score again until 11 seconds remained in the game and Indiana did enough to knot the series. "End of the day, we played a pretty good game," said Gortat. "We didnt shoot the ball well, especially from the 3-point line. Weve just got to play better." Playoff basketball returned to Washington for the first time since 2008 and this season is the third time since 1982 the Wizards advanced out of the first round. "I hope that when we get back to D.C. were going to see the crowd ready at least 30 minutes before the game," said Gortat. "We need them. I hope they come early and were going to try and bring it." The Wizards went 1-1 at the Verizon Center against the Chicago Bulls in round one. Washington has won two in a row over the Pacers as the host, but Indiana won four straight prior to that. "This is playoff basketball. You cant lose at home," noted Gortat. Game 4 will be Sunday night in Washington. Fresco Thompson Jersey . The Flames are in the midst of a six-game slide (0-5-1), their longest losing streak since an 0-6-3 skid from Jan. 11-28, 2010. They havent won since Nov. 3 in Chicago and most recently went winless on a three-game homestand. Tim McCarver Jersey . - Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half.Check out the first round selections from the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, which took place Thursday Jan. 15 in Philadelphia. First Round Selections PICK MLS CLUB PLAYER POS. 2013-14 AFFILIATION 1 Orlando Cyle Larin F Connecticut 2 New York FC Khiry Shelton F Oregon State 3 Montreal Romario Williams F Central Florida 4 San Jose Fatai Alashe M Michigan State 5 Portland Nick Besler M Notre Dame 6 Toronto Alex Bono G Syracuse 7 Chicago Matt Polster D SIU Edwardsville 8 Houston Zach Steinberger M Butler 9 Toronto Clement Simonin D North Carolina State 10 Kansas City Conor Hallisey M California 11 Toronto Skylar Thomas D Syracuse 12 Kansas City Saad Abdul-Salaam D Akron 13 Vancouver Tim Parker D St. Johns 14 Colorado Axel Sjoberg D Marquette 15 Dallas Otis Earle D UC Riverside 16 Seattle Cristian Roldan M Washington 17 D.C. Miguel Aguilar F San Franciisco 18 NY Red Bulls Leo Stolz M UCLA 19 Columbus Sergio Campbell D Connecticut 20 Kansas City Amadou Dia M Clemson 21 Los Angeles Ignacio Maganto F Iona Notes on traded picks: 5. Steve Carlton Jersey. Portland acquired Colorados first-round selection in exchange for Danny Mwanga. 6. Toronto FC acquired Chivas USAs first-round selection along with an international roster slot and an Allocation spot in exchange for the #1 spot in the 2013 MLS Allocation Order. 10. Sporting Kansas City acquired Philadelphias first-round selection in exchange for C.J. Sapong. 11. Toronto FC acquired Portlands first-round selection, Bright Dike, and allocation money in exchange for Maximiliano Urruti and use of an international roster slot 14. Colorado acquired Columbus first-round selection in exchange for the 19th overall selection and future considerations. 16. Seattle acquired Salt Lakes first-round selection in exchange for a second round selection and allocation money. 19. Columbus acquired the 19th pick from Colorado in exchange for the 14th overall selection and future considerations. The pick originally belonged to Seattle. 20. Sporting Kansas City acquired New Englands first-round selection and allocation money from New England Revolution in exchange for Teal Bunbury. ' ' '
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Dec 06, 2019