The Suns defeated the Pacers 124-100, dominating offensively en route to the most points Indiana has allowed this season. They rank first in terms of team defense this season, but looked anything but tonight.
Phoenix shot 54.2 percent from the field, making 11-of-16 three-point shots to secure a 68.8 percent conversion from long range.
Gerald Green went off for 23 points and six rebounds, joined by Goran Dragic with 21 points and 20 points respectively.
Alex Len was the only player who didn't score for the Suns, who had six players in double-digit scoring and nine players with five or more points.
Miles Plumlee held his own in the paint, going up against Roy Hibbert for 11 points and seven rebounds (three offensive).
The Pacers had Paul George provide his usual offensive brilliance with 26 points, but George Hill and David West were the only other players to provide any real help scoring-wise. Hibbert had just six points and four rebounds, before fouling out in 28 minutes.
Indiana committed 20 turnovers with just 14 assists, but still shot 50.7 percent from the field.
The Pacers were playing in the second game of a five-game road trip, and will face the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers over the next week. There's two days before the matchup in Sacramento, and Indiana will need to come together and resolve what exactly went wrong defensively against Phoenix.
It's no cause for concern over the course of the season, as it's just one game. It's still alarming though, given the magnitude the final score deviated from the Pacers' usual work defensively at 88.3 opponent points per game.
Phoenix will play the Washington Wizards on Jan. 24, before heading East for a four-game road trip. The Suns will still be without Eric Bledsoe due to knee surgery, but showed tonight they'll be just fine with him on the sidelines.
The Pacers and the Suns next matchup on Jan. 30 in Indiana. It will be interesting to see if Phoenix can get the better of them again, but it was certainly an uncharacteristic loss for the Pacers.
And in turn, a characteristic win for Phoenix.
In any case, both teams have a lot to take from tonight's game. Each side will implement that information differently, but it'll be intriguing to see how the Pacers and the Suns perform going forward.
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