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Led by defense, Pacers take 2-1 lead into Game 4 against Wizards; getting 'mojo back'

  • Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) of Brazil shoots between Indiana Pacers guard George Hill and Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) of Brazil shoots between Indiana Pacers guard George Hill and Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) celebrates his high scoring game with teammate forward Paul George, right, during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) celebrates his high scoring game with teammate forward Paul George, right, during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots over Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, of Poland during the second half of Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff game in Washington, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Pacers won 85-63. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

The Indiana Pacers are back to playing their brand of defense. They're also back to winning.

The Pacers hold a 2-1 lead over the Wizards in their Eastern Conference semifinal series heading into Game 4 on Sunday.

Indiana has won two games in a row, limiting John Wall and Washington to 82 points in Game 2, then a franchise-record-low 63 points in Game 3.

That's the formula the Pacers used while earning the No. 1 seed in the East, giving up an average of 92.3 points in the regular season to rank second among 30 NBA teams.

Indiana had a 46-13 record on March 2, then dropped off for the next 1½ months, going 10-13.

Says guard George Hill: "We're starting to get our mojo back."