Suns Outlasted the Pacers
For the second time in eight days Phoenix came out victorious over Indiana as the Suns outlasted the Pacers for a 102-94 victory. This puts them ten games over .500 at 28-18 for the season.
While it wasn’t quite as smooth as the 24-point drubbing a little over a week ago, this game was a good gut-check for this Suns team.
It started out near the same as last week’s game with the Suns up early and David West in foul trouble. On a Barbosa buzzer-beating three at the end of the first quarter, Phoenix was up 36-19. That’s over a third of the way to Indiana’s points allowed average of 90 in only a fourth of the game. Pretty good.
By halftime the Suns were up by 17, the lead ballooned to 19 at one point, but then the third quarter came. The Pacers delivered their signature third-quarter haymaker and cut the deficit to three points going into the final period.
The Pacers deficit see-sawed back and forth, but eventually Phoenix outlasted Indiana, for a statement win.
The Suns completed a great feat Thursday night as they swept the NBA’s best team (twice in eight days in both Phoenix and Indiana). They also went 4-0 on a road-trip in four games in five nights, the brutal scheduling rarity that usually results in losses.
And yet they don’t have any All-Stars. Dragic was not selected as a West All-Star reserve, but could still get in as an injury alternate for Kobe Bryant or potentially Chris Paul. It’s a long shot however.
In this game Dragic showed why he should make it. He scored 28 points on an efficient 11-21 from the floor, along with seven assists.
Gerald Green and Marcus Morris both added 16 points while Markieff added 15 in the victory.
For the Pacers, Paul George had a solid double-double with a dozen points and rebounds, along with four assists. Lance Stevenson upped his game from the last meeting with Phoenix and tallied a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Roy Hibbert played pretty well as they fed the post. He scored 26 points, but only grabbed six boards. Davis West added 18 points and George Hill had 17 in the loss.
A major factor in the loss was Indiana’s bench scoring only SEVEN points while Phoenix’s second unit combined for 40 points.
Another reason the Suns won was the huge discrepancy in fastbreak points. 21-0. That’s not gonna get it done for Indiana.
The Suns get a day off to celebrate and rest as they bring back a perfect road-trip to the desert before they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.