MARQUIS DANIELS
In less than 19 minutes off the bench, scored 16 points with three rebounds, making 5-of-8 shots as the most effectively aggressive offensive threat for the Pacers.
RICK CARLISLE
"They play well in this building. I thought the key to the game was they had some guys step up and play well and it was a great effort on their part. We needed to be better in a lot of different areas and we just weren’t. It’s always tough playing from behind. You factor in the road and a team with this kind of record, and it’s going to be tough."
Points in the Paint:
Suns 38, Pacers 28
Fast-break points:
Pacers 10, Suns 4
2nd-chance points:
Suns 14, Pacers 13
Points off turnovers:
Suns 11, Pacers 5
Starters scoring:
Suns 80, Pacers 67
Bench scoring:
Suns 35, Pacers 23
In two fourth quarters against the Suns, the Pacers totaled 29 points, shot .316 from the field and had as many turnovers as field goals (12). Phoenix, on the other hand, racked up 56 points on .526 shooting.
The four-game road trip continues Saturday in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana) against Elton Brand and the Clippers.
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  • PHOENIX 115, INDIANA 90
    Pacers Fall Flat In Phoenix

    At US Airways Center | March 2, 2007


    Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points apiece as seven of the eight Suns who played scored in double figures as Phoenix maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half on the way to a 115-90 rout of the Pacers Friday.

    It was Indiana's second consecutive blowout loss to the Suns, who won 103-92 in Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday night. The Pacers (29-28) have lost four in a row overall by a total of 75 points, an average deficit of 18.8. Indiana dropped to 11-16 on the road and 1-4 since the All-Star break.

    Playing without injured forwards Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw, the Suns (45-14) nevertheless won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 22-6 at home and 24-4 against Eastern Conference opponents.


    PLUSES

    Danny Granger snapped out of a three-game shooting slump with 20 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from the 3-point line, adding five rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal scored 16 – with 14 coming in the first half – and pulled seven rebounds. Marquis Daniels scored 16 points in less than 19 minutes off the bench before aggravating his left knee injury. Jamaal Tinsley scored 11 with six assists and four rebounds, but shot 5-of-16. Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy scored 10 points apiece but were strangely passive, combining for just 17 field goal attempts in 69 minutes. The Pacers shot .388 and had as many turnovers as assists (11).
    MINUSES
    Of the eight Suns that played, all posted double figures in at least one major statistical category. Seven scored at least 10 points and the only one who didn't, Kurt Thomas (six points), pulled 15 rebounds. Stoudemore added 10 rebounds to his 23 points, going 11-of-13 from the line, adding three assists and three blocks. Nash shot 8-of-10 and added seven assists. Raja Bell scored 17 and Leandro Barbosa 14 with 10 assists off the bench. But Phoenix also got strong contributions from the end of the bench. James Jones started for Marion and posted 11 points and seven rebounds. Little-used reserves Eric Piatkowski (11) and Pat Burke (10) both reached double-figures. The Suns shot .526 overall, were 11-of-28 from the 3-point line and committed just 11 turnovers.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers hung in the game as long as Daniels was scoring. He sparked a 10-3 run with five points as the Pacers took a 26-25 lead late in the first quarter, and had nine overall as the Pacers trailed just 42-40 midway through the second. But O'Neal picked up a technical while protesting an offensive foul call and the Suns seized on the distraction, scoring eight in a row to open a 50-40 lead and pushing it to 62-49 at the break.

    The Pacers closed to 66-58 early in the third on a Dunleavy dunk but O'Neal picked up his fourth foul giving help on a Nash drive and Phoenix again took advantage, this time with a 10-5 run that extended the lead to 76-63. The Pacers cut it to eight one last time, 78-70, on a Daniels jumper, but Burke scored seven points as the Suns closed the third with an 11-4 run to take an 89-74 lead into the fourth and the Pacers posed no further threats.


    TIDBITS
  • Though Daniels played well, he was unable to finish, heading to the locker room early in the fourth quarter after apparently aggravating the injury. He will not play Saturday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
  • The Pacers also lost backup forward Maceo Baston, who suffered a dislocated toe on his left foot latet in the first quarter while battling teammate Jeff Foster for an offensive rebound. He's day-to-day.
  • Indiana has given up at least 100 points to 10 of its last 11 opponents.
  • The Pacers dropped to 9-9 since the eight-player trade with Golden State in mid-January.