The AP reports:
Roy Hibbert has no problem displaying the lighter side of his personality off the court. However, he was all business against one of the NBA’s premier centers.
The 7-foot-2-inch Hibbert had a career-high 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-90 victory over the Orlando Magic and All-Star Dwight Howard last night in Indianapolis.
Hibbert added 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 assists for the Pacers (11-23), who have won two of three after losing eight straight. Howard played with foul trouble most of the night and finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports:
Hibbert was able to use Howard’s two early fouls to his advantage.
He scored 12 of the Pacers’ 24 points in the first quarter and added six more in the second quarter when they led by as many as 10.
Things were going so well for Hibbert, he made two jumpers as the shot clock expired and the Magic threw several double-teams at him in the post.
Hibbert outscored Howard, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter, who combined for 21. Howard finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out in 28 minutes.