NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Indiana
(Thursday, March 30th)
Final Score: Phoenix 114, Indiana 104
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion had 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 114-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on Reggie Miller Night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Jumaine Jones scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds and Tim Thomas and Steve Nash netted 15 apiece for the Suns, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Nash also dished out 13 assists and pulled down eight boards.
Phoenix holds the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
"We were able to get a lot of stops and get out into our running game and hit some open shots," said Marion. "We wanted to be aggressive and try to get the last two games out of the way."
Miller, a five-time All-Star and legendary guard for the Pacers, had his No. 31 sent into the rafters during halftime. He is the NBA's leader in three- pointers (2,560), 12th in scoring (25,279), seventh in free-throw percentage (.888) and sixth in games played (1,389). Miller holds nearly every statistical record in Pacers history.
Peja Stojakovic contributed 25 points and seven rebounds and Danny Granger added 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Indiana has the seventh position in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt and dropped a full game behind idle Milwaukee.
The Suns jumped out to an early 12-6 lead behind six points from Marion.
A pair of Stojakovic free throws narrowed the gap to 21-17 but Phoenix closed the quarter with a 9-3 run, capped by Eddie House's jumper, to lead 30-20 after 12 minutes of play.
Anthony Johnson's turnaround jumper cut the deficit to 34-25, but the Suns reeled off a 10-3 spurt, highlighted by Leandro Barbosa's trey, to extend the lead to 44-28.
Marion's tip-in with the clock running down gave Phoenix a 58-44 advantage at the break.
Jones drained a three to open the second half, but Indiana went on a 13-5 rally, showcased by Stojakovic's long distance shot, to pull within 66-57.
However, the Suns countered with a 13-4 burst, including a pair of threes from Raja Bell, to push the score to 79-61. Phoenix took a 92-78 margin into the final frame.
The Suns scored nine of the next 14 points to take their biggest lead at 101-83. The Pacers responded with an 11-6 surge, including nine points from Stojakovic, to narrow the gap to 107-94 with 3:10 to play.
Indiana, though, could not muster a run in the final three minutes to get back in the game.
Phoenix shot 52.3 percent from the floor, while the Pacers connected on 46.3 percent of their shots, including 10-of-17 from three-point range...The Suns scored 34 fast break points...Phoenix has won three of the last four meetings...Indiana got a season-high 60 points from its bench.
03/31 00:02:41 ET