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The teams stayed within three points for much of the second half, and despite missing shots on three consecutive possessions in the final two minutes, the Wizards were unable to make up ground.

Beal and John Wall, who finished with six points on 2-for-13 shooting, each attempted 3-pointers with significant time remaining on the shot clock, and Wall’s attempt to drive to the basket with 42.9 seconds left ended when Hill stripped him of the ball on his way up for the lay-up.

Overall, the Wizards shot 5-for-21, or 23.8 percent, from 3-point range, marking the worst performance beyond the arc by a team in a single game this postseason.

“We still gave ourselves a chance to win this game, but I didn’t play great,” Wall said. “I feel like I lost the game for my team, but you still had a chance to win this game at the end even though they played pretty well and made their adjustments.”

Trevor Ariza, who scored 22 points in Game 1, was held to just six on Wednesday. Nenê had 14 points in 36 minutes, though he missed a portion of the first half after he appeared to tweak his ailing left knee while landing on Hill’s foot.

The Wizards again won the rebounding battle, 43-38, but were outscored 40-34 in the paint. Much of that, of course, was Hibbert – whose challenge is to now keep up that output in Game 3 at Verizon Center in Washington on Friday.

“You always feel as though you can win every game, obviously, but at the same time, we got one,” Beal said. “The series is tied now. It’s the first one to get three more, so it’s definitely grind time now, and we’ve got to bear down and protect our house. We’ve got to do it one game at a time.”