Suns Make Statement in Win Over Pacers


Playing their fourth game in five nights on the road, the Suns (28-18) made a huge statement in their 102-94 win over Indiana Thursday night, finalizing a perfect 4-0 road trip.

The statement? That they are a team to be reckoned with.

The Suns scored 66 points in the first half -- the most given up by the Pacers in a half this season since the Suns scored 62 on Indiana a week ago in a 124-100 win – and Goran Dragic tallied 28 points and seven assists while handing the Pacers just their second home loss of the season.

Morris hit a 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining to give the Suns a 98-92 lead and Dragic dunked to give the Suns a 100-94 with 44 seconds left.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game on the second night of a back-to-back,” Goran Dragic, who was not selected as an All-Star reserve, said afterwards. “They are a good home team. We did an amazing job the first two quarters. They fought back in the third.

“We stayed together and fought until the end.”

The Suns came into the night tied for second in the NBA with 9.4 three-point makes per game and 8th with a .370 mark from long range. Phoenix went 8-for-17 (47 percent) tonight against the league’s best-ranked defense.

Perhaps more impressive, the Suns scored 21 fast break points while holding the Pacers to 0. The Suns rank 1st in the NBA with just under 19 fast break points per game (Detroit is next with 18.1).

Gerald Green scored 16 points (including a monster, one-handed dunk) while the bench play of Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris and Leandro Barbosa accounted for 40 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Roy Hibbert had 26 points and David West added 18 for the Pacers (35-10).

“They [the Suns] can compete with anybody,” Jeff Hornacek said. “If we play hard, pass the ball and make the right decisions, we have a chance to have a good end to the season.”

The Suns’ 28-18 start to the season is their best through 46 games since opening the 2007-08 season with a 33-13 mark.