The Indiana Pacers got manhandled by the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, and their five-game win streak came to an end in a stunning 124-100 rout.
Phoenix traded Luis Scola to Indiana in July and received Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a first-round draft pick in return. Based on the results of this game and the season in general, it seems like the Suns fleeced them.
Green led Phoenix with 23 points. Plumlee notched 11 with seven rebounds, including three on the offensive boards. Goran Dragic helped build the big lead with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and he and Green had all their scoring in the first three quarters before garbage time began.
Paul George dropped 26 points to lead all scorers, and George Hill got 16. Hill nailed all four of his field goals and probably should have put up more shots. Roy Hibbert fouled out and finished with six points and four rebounds. Scola managed just five points in his return to Phoenix.
The 124 points were the most for the Suns (24-17) and the most allowed by the Pacers (33-8) this season. The offensive output was all the more impressive because it came against a Pacers defense that leads the league in opponents' points, field-goal percentage and three-point percentage.
The Suns connected on 11 of their 16 shots from behind the arc and hit 54.2 percent from the field. The Pacers coughed up 21 turnovers leading to 27 Phoenix points.
Up next, the Pacers face a back-to-back at the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets on Jan. 24 and 25. They are now just 12-7 on the road. The Suns host the Washington Wizards on the 24th before embarking on a four-game road swing.
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