INDIANAPOLIS – For the second time in less than two weeks, the Indiana Pacers (26-22) took it to the Phoenix Suns (17-31).
Despite missing two starters in Darren Collison and Myles Turner, Indy steamrolled the Suns to the tune of a 116-101 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers were very effective offensively all night, starting with 63 first half points on their way to a 19-point halftime lead.
Indy methodically built up an advantage in the first quarter, leading 32-18 by the end of one. The Blue and Gold kept it going in quarter two, blowing by the Suns for a 63-44 edge at intermission.
Indiana shot 61% from the field in the first half, compared to Phoenix’s 40%. The home team was also feeling it from downtown, connection on half of their shots from beyond the arc (6-for-12).
Newly minted All-Star Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young led the charge for the Pacers, scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively.
To start the second half, Indiana used a 16-2 run to put this one to rest. The Blue and Gold led by as many as 39 in the third quarter, completely manhandling Phoenix.
As you might expect, Wednesday’s fourth quarter was littered with bench players. Due to this, the Suns were able to outscore Indy 36-17 in the final frame. That made the final score much more respectable, but make no mistake that the Pacers were the superior team.
Young ended up leading Indy in scoring, putting up 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Oladipo was next in line with 21 and nine assists. Domantas Sabonis, who will take part in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge over All-Star Weekend, posted 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Pacers’ stay at home will be short, as they hit the road again on Friday for a fourth and final regular season meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Indiana will look to complete a season sweep over the Cavs in the 7:30 p.m. road contest.