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Coach Vogel: ‘His Best Playoff Game Ever’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 12, 2013 @ 8:20 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
The Pacers needed Hibbert’s offense on Saturday in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. They actually needed it badly since the team’s top three scoring threats all struggled from the field.
Hibbert was glad to step up and help his teammates out on this night, and he did it against a center that has routinely given him problems in the past.
Hibbert had the best offensive playoff performance of his career — 24 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes — to help the Pacers beat the Knicks 82-71 in front of a sellout crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is at the fieldhouse on Tuesday.
“I think this is his best playoff game ever,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s just oozing with confidence. Everybody wanted to sort of kick him while he was down earlier in the season when he wasn’t playing well. He’s playing extremely well on both ends of the court and that’s what we need.
“We know he’s going to dominate on the defensive end, and when he has the offensive production like he had tonight, we’re pretty good.”
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