Dragic scores 28 points as Suns beat Pacers 102-94
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, center, shoots between Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, left, and forward David West in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo)
Jim Johnson, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:13PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- Goran Dragic had 28 points and seven assists and the Phoenix Suns handed the Indiana Pacers just their second home loss of the season with a 102-94 victory Thursday night.
Gerald Green and Marcus Morris scored 16 points apiece to help the Suns win their fourth straight game.
Roy Hibbert had 26 points and David West added 18 for the Pacers (35-10).
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.
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.
The Pacers rallied after trailing 66-49 at the break, but never could take the lead.
They went on an 8-2 run early in the second half with shots by West, Paul George, Lance Stephenson and George Hill to get within 70-53. Later, George was fouled on a layup and converted the 3-point play to make it 71-61 with 7:01 left in the third.
Miles Plumlee missed a dunk and Hibbert scored on a putback to get Indiana within eight. Channing Frye answered with a basket and then Hibbert scored Indiana's next six points to get the Pacers within 73-69.
Pacers guard C.J. Watson scored a layup at the start of the fourth quarter to make it 77-76, but Morris scored two free throws to put the Suns back ahead by three.
Hill scored two free throws to make it 91-90 with 4:20 remaining, but Gerald Green extended the lead with two free throws and Hill made a lay-up before Green scored a jumper to put the Suns ahead 95-92 and Morris hit a 3-pointer with 2:58 left to give the Suns a 98-92 lead.
The Suns pulled away in the first quarter. They went on a 9-0 run early in the game when Dragic tied the game on a layup and later hit a jumper to give the Suns a 6-8 lead. Then Green hit a 3-pointer and another basket to make it 13-6 with 6:24 left in the first quarter.
The Suns went on a 15-2 run to close out the first quarter with a 36-19 lead.
Stephenson, who left the game in the first quarter after getting hit in the right eye, scored 12 second-quarter points. West added 10, but the Pacers were never able to put together a run or cut into the deficit.
Even when George hit a jumper falling out of bounds that went over the corner of the backboard and through the hoop, it didn't matter. Dragic hit a 3-pointer to take back the lead and to give the Suns a 62-45 lead.