After a streaking start to the Frank Vogel era in Indianapolis, the Indiana Pacers have now lost two games in a row at home. Today the Phoenix Suns edged the Pacers in overtime on a Channing Frye jumper over Brandon Rush. The Suns won 110 to 108, pushing Indiana's overtime record this season to 0-3.
The game was all about spurts, as each team put together small runs, but Grant Hill's three-pointer with under a minute in regulation tied the game. Danny Granger missed a shot at the buzzer, which sent the game into the extra session.
Hill paced the Suns with 34 points, while Granger led Indiana with 25. Three other players scored in double figures for the Pacers, including a season-high 18 from A.J. Price.
Rookie Lance Stephenson saw the court for the first time in the regular season today, as he finished with two points in four minutes of play. He connected on both of his free throws and dished out a couple of assists.
The teams combined for nearly 200 shots, 21 made three-point shots, 15 blocks and 218 points.
With the loss, the Pacers fall to 26-32, still hanging on to the final playoff spot in the East.
Although this is one of the toughest losses of the season, these are the games they have to be able to finish if they want to make it to the postseason this year. They are now tied with the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth seed, and Charlotte is in Orlando tonight to face the Magic.
When the Bobcats made their big trade last week sending off Gerald Wallace, their best player, many people thought that meant they were giving up on making the playoffs this season and were looking to position themselves better for next year.
This race for the final playoff spot will probably come down to the final game of the season, so every game will be important for both teams.
The 76ers have won four in a row and can get their record above .500 today with a win, and they are three full games ahead of Indiana for the seventh seed.