Player of the Game
Scored 23 of his season-high 30 points in the second half, 18 in the third quarter, to spark the Pacers' comeback from a 24-point deficit.
Suns 46, Pacers 40
Pacers 14, Suns 10
Pacers 18, Suns 12
Points off turnovers:
Suns 14, Pacers 6
Suns 75, Pacers 62
Pacers 60, Suns 39
Stat of the Night
END RESULTAfter the Pacers shut down Toronto in the second half and rallied from a 23-point deficit for a 105-101 victory Monday night, Earl Watson said that was the kind of game that could turn the season around "if we follow it up."
Not only did the Pacers follow it up, they did it one better. Down 24 in the second quarter, they held Phoenix to 36 percent shooting in the second half and rode the hot hands of Mike Dunleavy and Danny Granger, who combined for 43 points in the final 24 minutes to another improbable comeback victory, 122-114, Wednesday before 10,858 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
Dunleavy had his best game of the season with 30 points, scoring 18 in the third quarter to spark the comeback, while Granger totaled 33 points.
IMPACTThe Pacers won their fourth straight at home and second in a row overall to improve to 13-25, 10-9 at home. They also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Suns in Conseco Fieldhouse. Phoenix had won five of seven coming in but fell to 24-15 overall, 9-11 on the road.
KEY MOMENTSPhoenix dominated the early going, building a 13-point lead in the first quarter and stretching it to 56-32 in the second as the Pacers missed their first nine shots of the period. But the Pacers chipped the lead back to 68-52 at halftime.
O'Brien started Dunleavy in the second half and the move paid off in a big way as he scored the Pacers' first 11 points of the period and sparked a 16-6 run that cut the deficit to 77-70, bringing the crowd – and the team – to life. The Pacers kept charging and finally took the lead when consecutive 3-pointers by Granger made it 91-89 late in the period.
There were six lead changes in the early moments of the fourth quarter before the Pacers got 3-pointers from Granger, then Dunleavy, to make it 118-111 with 2:09 remaining. Phoenix would make just one bucket in the final two minutes as the Pacers put it away.
BY THE NUMBERSThe Pacers had two players with at least 30 points for the first time this season with Granger's 33 and Dunleavy's 30. Granger was 11-of-22 overall and 5-of-9 from the arc, adding eight rebounds. Dunleavy shot 9-of-14 overall and 4-of-7 from the 3-point line. Watson played another strong all-around game with 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Roy Hibbert was the last man in but helped turn the game around with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Dahntay Jones scored 11 with nine rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes as the Pacers got 60 points from their second unit. Indiana didn't shoot a high percentage overall (.430) but hit 12-of-29 from the arc (.414), outrebounded the Suns 54-44 and had 13 blocked shots, five by Brandon Rush.
Phoenix shot .427 overall and committed just six turnovers. Stoudemire led the Suns in scoring with 21 but had just five rebounds. Steve Nash played the second half with seven stitches in his upper lip (the result of a first-quarter collision with Watson) and scored 18 of his 20 points, adding nine assists. Grant Hill scored 14, Jason Richardson 13, Goran Dragic and Leandro Barbosa 11 and Louis Amundson 10.