Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerald Green scored 23 points against his
former team as the Phoenix Suns routed the Indiana Pacers, 124-100, on
Green was a part of an offseason trade between the two teams that sent Luis
Scola to the Midwest in exchange for Green, Miles Plumlee and a lottery
protected first-round pick.
Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Markieff Morris contributed 20 off the bench,
and P.J. Tucker added 13 for the Suns, who have won two straight and three of
the last four games.
Paul George tallied 26 points with seven rebounds and George Hill added 16
points for Indiana, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Phoenix led by one, 30-29, after a quarter of play and they would use the next
three quarters to gain the separation that resulted in the lobsided victory.
Green scored the final five points of a 14-2 burst to begin the second quarter
that staked Phoenix to a 44-31 lead just 3:55 into the frame. Dragic pushed
the lead to 60-45 with under a minute remaining in the half and the Suns led
62-49 at the break.
The third quarter started similarly to the second, with the Suns jumping out
with a run. Five players scored for Phoenix during a 14-4 spurt that helped
the hosts take total control.
Indiana trailed by 17 heading into the fourth and got as close as 13 with C.J.
Watson and Scola hitting back-to-back shots to begin the stanza. Morris nailed
two 3-pointers and capped a 13-0 run with a pair of free throws as the Suns
led 109-83 midway through the fourth and cruised to the finish.
The 124 points is the most allowed by Indiana this season. The Pacers original
high was a 118-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 8 ... Phoenix shot
54.2 percent (45-for-83) from the field ... Plumlee scored 11 points against
his former squad, while Channing Frye netted 10 points as every Suns starter
produced double-digit scoring ... The Suns outscored the Pacers on the
fastbreak 28-5 ... Phoenix shot 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
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