Refresh
Page last updated on Fri Mar 27 06:19:14 EDT 2015
RECAP
03/31/2013 1:38 AM EDT
George leads balanced Pacers past Suns, 112-104
INDIANA 112, PHOENIX 104

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- Indiana's longest free throw parade of the season
took the Pacers to their fourth straight win.



Paul George scored 25 points to lead all five Indiana starters
in double figures and the Pacers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-104
on Saturday night.



Roy Hibbert scored 20, Lance Stephenson 16, George Hill 15 and
David West 14 for the Pacers.



Indiana's seventh victory in eight games lifted them a half-game
ahead of idle New York for second in the Eastern Conference.



Goran Dragic, who sat out the previous two games for a rest, had
21 points and nine assists for the Suns before fouling out with
1:10 to play.



Indiana made 34 of 46 free throws, its season high in makes and
attempts. They also were opponent highs for the Suns.



Going to the free throw line, coach Pacers coach Frank Vogel
said, "is part of our style of play."



"We try to pound it inside and force teams to foul us if they
don't have great low post defenders, and then we pound the
glass," Vogel said. "A lot of fouls came on that as well, but we
have ones, twos and threes that are good attackers as well."



Hibbert, who scored 16 in the first half, said each of the
starters took a turn playing an important role in the victory.



" We are a team that is filled with leaders," he said. "Paul
took over in moments, David came in and closed the game out,
George made some spectacular plays and Lance is our bulldog."



The Suns, losers of six in a row, were outscored 10-3 over the
final three minutes after cutting the lead to 102-101.



"Sometimes you just gotta win," Vogel said. "It's not always
going to be a 25-point road win. Any win on the road is a good
win."



Markieff Morris added 18 for the Suns, who had seven in double
figures.



"Like I have said before, there are no moral victories, but when
you are traveling down the road we are traveling you have to get
small victories out of tough times," Phoenix interim coach
Lindsey Hunter said. "I think tonight we got a lot of small
victories. That is a championship-caliber team over there I
would say and I think we fought them toe to toe right up until
the end."



Trailing 86-76 after three quarters, the Suns cut it to 97-94 on
five points by Dragic, a fast-break layup after a long pass from
Jermaine O'Neal, followed by a 3-pointer with 5:08 to play.



Dragic's spinning layup from the baseline cut it to 99-98 with
3:43 left, then George was fouled by Wesley Johnson on a 3-point
try and made all three from the line to put the Pacers up 102-98
with 3:28 to go.



But O'Neal, who had missed three of four games with a calf
strain, converted a three-point play to cut it to 102-101 3:10
from the finish.



Indiana pulled away from the line.



West made two free throws with 2:46 to go, George sank two more
with 1:50 to play and Stephenson made one of two with 1:10 left,
leaving the Pacers up 107-101. West's 15-footer, Indiana's lone
field goal over the final 4 1/2 minutes, made it 109-101 with
34.6 seconds to play.



After making just six of their first 15 free throw tries,
Indiana made 28 of 31 the rest of the way.



The Suns outscored Indiana 10-4, six by Luis Scola, to start the
second half, cutting the lead to 61-59 and were down 64-63 on
Morris' two free throws with 7:54 to play in the third. Five
straight points, the last two on free throws by Hill, boosted
the lead back to 69-63, but Morris' three straight inside
baskets in a 6-2 Phoenix spurt cut it to 71-69.



The Pacers pulled away to take a 78-69 lead on George's 3. D.J.
Augustin's two free throws with 2:22 left in the period gave
Indiana its first double-digit lead of the game, 82-71.



Indiana's 12-0 first-quarter run put the Pacers ahead for good,
but they never led by more than 11.



NOTES: The Pacers wrap up their four-game trip to the West
against the Clippers on Monday. ... The Suns are 2-12 since a
three-game winning streak Feb. 26-March 1. ... West played his
second straight game after missing six in a row with a lower
back sprain.

TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Duke
2
Michigan State
3
Louisville
4
Duke
5
Utah
03/26/2015
WTA - Miami, USA, DoublesDRAGANJA M / KONTINEN H vs. MONFILS G / TSONGA J W1:35 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAHEWITT, LLEYTON vs. BELLUCCI, THOMAZ6:00 PM PST
03/27/2015
ATP - Miami, USABERDYCH, TOMAS vs. CHUNG, HYEON07:50 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAANDERSON, KEVIN vs. QUERREY, SAM08:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAHALEP, SIMONA vs. VAIDISOVA, NICOLE08:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAJANKOVIC, JELENA vs. AZARENKA, VICTORIA09:10 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAYOUNG, DONALD vs. MURRAY, ANDY09:15 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USATHIEM, DOMINIC vs. LOPEZ, FELICIANO09:20 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAWAWRINKA, STANISLAS vs. BERLOCQ, CARLOS10:25 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USASTEPHENS, SLOANE vs. KEYS, MADISON10:35 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAALMAGRO, NICHOLAS vs. NADAL, RAFAEL11:50 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAMONFILS, GAEL vs. KRAJINOVIC, FILIP11:55 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAGULBIS, ERNESTS vs. MONACO, JUAN2:00 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAMARIA, TATJANA vs. BOUCHARD, EUGENIE2:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAFOGNINI, FABIO vs. SOCK, JACK3:15 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NBAClippers vs 76ers4:05 PM PST
NBAHornets vs Wizards4:05 PM PST
College BasketballUCLA vs Gonzaga4:15 PM PST
NBAHeat vs Hawks4:35 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Nets4:35 PM PST
NBACeltics vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
NBALakers vs Raptors4:35 PM PST
College BasketballNC State vs Louisville4:35 PM PST
NHLFlames at Wild5:00 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWILLIAMS, SERENA vs. NICULESCU, MONICA5:00 PM PST
NBATimberwolves vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Grizzlies5:05 PM PST
NBAKings vs Pelicans5:05 PM PST
NHLBlue Jackets at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NBAMavericks vs Spurs5:35 PM PST
NBAJazz vs Nuggets6:05 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USASMYCZEK, TIM vs. TSONGA, JO-WILFRIED6:15 PM PST
NHLStars at Oilers6:30 PM PST
College BasketballUtah vs Duke6:45 PM PST
NBABlazers vs Suns7:05 PM PST
College BasketballMichigan State vs Oklahoma7:05 PM PST
03/28/2015
NHLPredators at Capitals09:30 AM PST
NHLRangers at Bruins10:00 AM PST
NHLDucks at Islanders10:00 AM PST
NHLSharks at Flyers10:00 AM PST
NHLCoyotes at Penguins10:00 AM PST
NHLLightning at Red Wings11:00 AM PST
NHLSenators at Maple Leafs4:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Canadiens4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Hurricanes4:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Avalanche6:00 PM PST
NHLStars at Canucks7:00 PM PST
03/29/2015
NHLCapitals at Rangers12:00 PM PST
NHLRed Wings at Islanders2:00 PM PST
NHLBruins at Hurricanes2:00 PM PST
NHLFlames at Predators2:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Senators2:00 PM PST
NHLDucks at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlackhawks at Jets4:30 PM PST
NHLSharks at Penguins4:30 PM PST
03/30/2015
NHLLightning at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLKings at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Avalanche6:00 PM PST
NHLSabres at Coyotes7:00 PM PST
03/31/2015
NHLHurricanes at Capitals4:00 PM PST
NHLDevils at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLPanthers at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLLightning at Maple Leafs4:30 PM PST
NHLSenators at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Predators5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Jets5:00 PM PST
04/01/2015
NHLMaple Leafs at Sabres4:30 PM PST
NHLFlyers at Penguins5:00 PM PST
NHLOilers at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Sharks7:30 PM PST
04/02/2015
NHLIslanders at Blue Jackets4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Canadiens4:30 PM PST
NHLHurricanes at Panthers4:30 PM PST
NHLLightning at Senators4:30 PM PST
NHLBruins at Red Wings4:30 PM PST
NHLFlames at Blues5:00 PM PST
NHLRangers at Wild5:00 PM PST
NHLCanucks at Blackhawks5:30 PM PST
NHLOilers at Kings7:30 PM PST
04/03/2015
NHLBlackhawks at Sabres4:00 PM PST
NHLCanadiens at Devils4:00 PM PST
NHLBlues at Stars5:30 PM PST
NHLAvalanche at Ducks7:00 PM PST
NHLCoyotes at Sharks7:00 PM PST
04/04/2015
UFCL Murphy vs L Carmouche08:00 AM PST
UFCA Yakovlev vs G Maynard08:00 AM PST
UFCT Johnson vs S Abdurahimov08:00 AM PST
UFCJ Jones vs R Stallings08:00 AM PST
UFCR Lamas vs C Mendes10:00 AM PST
UFCA Iaquinta vs J Masvidal10:00 AM PST
UFCM Clarke vs M Chiesa10:00 AM PST
UFCM Dudieva vs J Pena10:00 AM PST
UFCR Peralta vs C Guida10:00 AM PST
UFCD Ferreira vs D Poirier10:00 AM PST
NHLFlyers at Hurricanes10:00 AM PST
NHLPenguins at Blue Jackets11:00 AM PST
NHLCanucks at Jets12:00 PM PST
NHLMaple Leafs at Bruins4:00 PM PST
NHLCapitals at Senators4:00 PM PST