Pacers eye return to East final after win over Wizards

Reuters News
Posted: May 11, 2014 11:31 PM

(Reuters) - Indiana's Paul George exploded for a playoff career-high 39 points and added 12 rebounds as the Pacers edged Washington 95-92 to take a 3-1 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series on Sunday.

The top-seeded Pacers trailed by 17 points at halftime but fought back to win their third straight game and take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Pacers can advance to a second consecutive East final with a win in Game Five set for Tuesday in Indiana.

After losing the series opener the Pacers have toughened up on defense to take control, holding the Wizards to a franchise-low 63 points in a Game Three win.

Paul ignited the offense on Sunday and team mate Roy Hibbert continued his resurgence with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Bradley Beal scored a team-high 20 for Washington.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)