THE Phoenix Suns used a strong second half surge to pull away with a win over the Indiana Pacers, 116-96, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Phoenix took a 27-18 at the end of the first quarter and led by as much as 14 before Indiana rallied to gain the advantage midway through the third. Brandon Knight then took over, scoring 12 points in the period to take a seven point lead in the fourth, and the Suns never let up in outscoring the Pacers 27-14 the rest of the way.
Seven Phoenix players finished in double figures, led by Knight’s 17 points off the bench. Fellow reserves Jared Dudley and Alan Williams also scored 16 and 15, respectively. Devin Booker and Leandro Barbosa each had 13 markers to help the Suns improve to 4-9.
Myles Turner and Jeff Teague led the Pacers with 22 and 21 points, respectively, but found little support as the injured Paul George sat out for the second time in three games. Indiana fell to a 6-7 record.