Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert can lobby for support to get the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year award, but a campaign team isn’t necessary when your actions speak for themselves. In this case, the 7-foot-2 defensive stalwart delivered a nasty block on New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during a 117-89 Indiana victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Thursday night.
Just when Anthony thought he shook Paul George during a back-to-the basket move for an uncontested two-handed jam, Hibbert provided the help defense with a signature swat. It was a similar block Hibbert delivered to Anthony during Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals when the Pacers knocked the Knicks out of playoff contention to set up a seven-game slugfest with the repeating champion Miami Heat.
Scoring against the Pacers is difficult as they sit atop the NBA holding opponents down to just 88.1 points per game on 44.3 percent shooting. With Hibbert patrolling the painted area, high-percentage shots are hard to come by with his 2.6 blocks per game—second in the league behind New Orleans Pelicans forward-center Anthony Davis.