Instead of heading back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with an even series, the Indiana Pacers are now 48 minutes from the Eastern Conference Finals after a 95-92 win on Mother's Day.
Paul George led Indiana's 19-point comeback with 28 of his career playoff-high 39 points coming in the second half, and the Pacers return home with a commanding 3-1 advantage over the Washington Wizards.
Commanding might even be an understatement:
Notable NBA stat: Teams that had a 3-1 lead in a playoff series went on to win 211 of 219 times (Elias)— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 12, 2014
That's 96.3 percent, meaning the Pacers would have to experience a meltdown of historical proportions to end their season this round.
While it appears Indiana has rediscovered its winning ways, this team isn't exactly out of the woods of its last well-chronicled collapse.
A Pacers fan put up a Craigslist ad for Paul George’s “missing talent” http://t.co/ByPbVLUzlD— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 8, 2014
With Game 5 slated for Tuesday night, the Indiana gets its first of three chances to send the Wizards packing. Here are eight factors that need to go their way in order for the Pacers' playoff run to continue.