Phoenix Suns: 5 Takeaways from Win Against Indiana Pacers

Ben Feder@@bfeder510Correspondent IJanuary 24, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 22:  Goran Dragic #1 of the Phoenix Suns high fives Gerald Green #14 after scoring against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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If there were any doubts that the Phoenix Suns were merely pretenders this season, they silenced their critics on Wednesday night as they dismantled the Indiana Pacers, 124-100.

The Pacers entered the game with the NBA's best record but were outscored every quarter by the Suns.

Let’s take a look at five takeaways from the Suns’ dominant win.

Balanced Offense

The Suns do not have a LeBron James or Kevin Durant

Even without a superstar, they proved on Wednesday night that they do not need a 30-point performance to win games.

Goran Dragic, Gerald Green and Markieff Morris all had at least 20 points, while three other players reached double-digits as well.

Thirteen Suns players had playing time on Wednesday night, with 12 of them scoring points.

Efficiency of Goran Dragic 

Dragic has arguably been the Suns’ most valuable player this season.

The lefty averages 19.4 points per game, 4.7 more than last year. 

Although Dragic only played 22 minutes against the Pacers, the Suns guard still put up 22 points.

Dragic averages 34.8 minutes per game this season, but he showed that he could still have a big impact in fewer minutes.

Plumlee in the Paint

Last year with the Pacers, Miles Plumlee played just 55 minutes all season, and he was traded to the Suns in July.

Do you think Indiana may be regretting that move?

Plumlee has been a great addition to the Suns starting five, as he averages a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game.

We saw Plumlee clean up the boards Wednesday night and make big plays inside, like this one:

Even against a great defense like the Pacers, Plumlee still held his own and finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Home Sweet Home

After going 17-24 at home last year, the Suns have had success at US Airways Center thus far this season. 

The Suns average 109.2 points per game at home compared to just 99.4 on the road.

Phoenix picked up their 15th win at home Wednesday as they shot 54.2% on the night.  

The Suns will have to continue to take care of business at home in order to make the postseason.

Winning the Three-Point Battle

The Suns’ ability to hit threes made a huge difference in Wednesday night’s game. 

Jan 22, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris celebrates a fourth quarter three pointer against the Indiana Pacers at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Pacers 124-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix shot 11-for-16 from beyond the arc and only allowed the Pacers to hit five three-pointers. 

Morris virtually put the game away early in the fourth quarter when he knocked down a pair of threes to extend the lead to 22. 


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