Paul George has 23, Pacers hold Wizards to playoff low in 85-63 victory to lead series 2-1

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Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks for a way around Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul George had his best game of the series with 23 points and eight rebounds, Roy Hibbert was again a factor by scoring 14 points, and the Indiana Pacers held the Washington Wizards to a franchise-low playoff total Friday night in an 85-63 victory.

The Pacers lead the Eastern Conference semifinal 2-1.

Washington made only 24 field goals, another team postseason worst, on 73 attempts, 32.9 percent. That included 4 of 16 on 3s, and it didn't get much better on free throws, where the Wizards were 11 of 21.

So much for the bandwagon-hopping in Washington. There were boos on occasion, and most of the crowd started heading to the exits after George's 3 with 3½ minutes left made it 75-58.

Game 4 is Sunday in Washington.

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