Inside the Game: Pacers 122, Suns 114 100113

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.


Name Game Season
Diener DNP -5
Dunleavy +14 -44
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger +6 -52
Hansbrough -9 -51
Head +1 +35
Hibbert +11 -65
D. Jones +13 -157
S. Jones -8 -128
McRoberts DNP -9
Murphy +9 -219
Price 0 +13
Rush -7 -110
Watson +10 -58


  • Rookie Tyler Hansbrough made the first start of his NBA career at power forward with Troy Murphy at center in the Pacers' 15th lineup of the season. Roy Hibbert moved to the bench.
  • Suns guard Steve Nash needed seven stitches to close a gash in his upper lip, the result of a collision when he tried to take a charge from Earl Watson. Nash returned to score 18 of his 20 points in the second half.
  • After holding Toronto to 36 points on 7-of-34 shooting in the second half Monday, the Pacers held the Suns to 46 points on 16-of-44 shooting (.364).
  • Amare Stoudemire had a streak of eight straight games against the Pacers with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds snapped. He scored 21 but pulled just five boards.

  • Hustle Board

    Points in the paint:

    Suns 46, Pacers 40

    Fast-break points:

    Pacers 14, Suns 10

    Second-chance points:

    Pacers 18, Suns 12

    Points off turnovers:

    Suns 14, Pacers 6

    Starters scoring:

    Suns 75, Pacers 62

    Bench scoring:

    Pacers 60, Suns 39

    Stat of the Night

    After overcoming a 23-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Raptors Monday, the Pacers wiped out a 24-point second-quarter deficit to beat the Suns.

    Up Next

    The Pacers will try to snap their nine-game road losing streak Friday in New Jersey against the Nets (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC FM-93.1).

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    After 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.


    The 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.

  • "That’s another tremendous gutsy comeback for our team." – Jim O'Brien.
  • "I definitely think things are turning. We’ve got to sustain it.” – O'Brien.
  • "I don’t know but after 8 o’clock we seem to turn it on and play better. Sooner or later we’re not going to be able to do that and turn things around. It’s just like a professional fighter when you take a punch and get up. One of these days when we take that big punch we may not get up." – Watson on how the Pacers turned it around.
  • "It was great to have Mike back and performing the way he did. We all knew he could.” – Watson on Dunleavy.
  • "We just didn’t have it or didn’t figure it out in the first half. In the second half, we went small, got after the ball a little more, spread the floor a little more and it really helped by having veterans out there together." – Granger.
  • "I am getting my legs back under me, getting back to more normal routine in shooting and hopefully my overall game.” – Granger.
  • "Everyone knows he’s a tremendous player. A couple of years ago he really came into his own. He did a great job putting the ball on the floor. He made big shots and that’s what great players do." – Suns Coach Alvin Gentry on Granger.
  • “Indiana came out and played hard and we didn’t quite match their effort in the second half. They shot well from the outside and got a couple of offensive rebounds. It was a momentum changer." – Suns forward Amare Stoudemire.


    Phoenix 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.


    The 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.