Pacers eye return to East final after win over Wizards
(Reuters) - Indiana's Paul George compiled 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 when he was aggressive early and scored 28 second-half points to lead a comeback.
“In the first quarter I got into a rhythm and my team mates found me,” said George, who played 46 of the possible 48 minutes.
“I already had it in my head that I was pretty much going to play the distance. I wanted to give whatever was needed.”
Indiana center Roy Hibbert continued his resurgence with 17 points and nine rebounds. Hibbert’s 12-foot jump shot with one minute left in the game gave the Pacers a 94-91 edge. Continued...