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Phoenix Suns vs. Indiana Pacers: Live Score and Analysis

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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

The Phoenix Suns (28-18) handed the Indiana Pacers (35-10) just their second home loss of the season with a 102-94 victory on Thursday night. Jeff Hornacek's club will now return home after sweeping a four-game Eastern Conference road swing. 

Western Conference All-Star snub Goran Dragic was sensational in the win, compiling a game-high 28 points and seven assists, but it was fellow All-Star snub Lance Stephenson who provided the line of the night.

In 37 minutes, Stephenson posted 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to record his fourth triple-double of the season. No other player has more than two triple-doubles this year.  

Gerald Green was also a major contributor in his return to Indiana, scoring 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting while the Morris twins combined to score 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting. 

After leading by 17 at the half, the Suns were trounced by 14 in the third quarter as Paul George (12 points and 12 rebounds) and Roy Hibbert (26 points, six rebounds and two blocks) began to assert their dominance. 

However, it was the Suns who were superior in the game's final frame, churning out 25 points to Indiana's 20. In total, the Suns outscored the Pacers 24-3 from beyond the arc as Frank Vogel's club shot a season-low 6.7 percent from three. 

Phoenix set the tone by pushing the pace early and often, which left the Pacers' league-leading defense in shambles. The Suns went on to outscore the Pacers 21-0 on the fast break while scoring 17 points off of 15 Indiana turnovers. 

Next up for the Suns is a meeting with the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday while the Pacers will host the Brooklyn Nets after a day off on Friday. 

 

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