NBA - Pacers eye return to East final after win over Wizards

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.

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NBA - Pacers eye return to East final after win over Wizards
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Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and forward Paul George (24) celebrate during the third quarter of game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center. (Reuters)

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.

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