NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Phoenix
(Friday, March 2nd)
Final Score: Phoenix 115, Indiana 90
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns got back on the winning track with a 115-90 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Steve Nash scored 23 points and added seven assists for the Suns, who had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 99-94 loss at Philadelphia on Wednesday, Phoenix's first road loss to an Eastern Conference team all season.
Raja Bell scored 17 points, and Leandro Barbosa added 14 points off the bench for Phoenix.
Danny Granger scored 20 points for the Pacers, who lost their fourth straight, and second in a row to Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pacers, 103-92, in Indiana on Tuesday. Marquis Daniels and Jermaine O'Neal added 16 points each for the Pacers, and O'Neal finished with seven rebounds.
A Daniels jumper cut the Phoenix lead to 78-70 with 3:29 left in the third quarter, but the Suns closed the quarter with an 11-4 stretch, taking an 89-74 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The Pacers trailed by double digits for the entire fourth quarter, and the Suns lead ballooned to 27 points, at 112-85 in the final minute.
Indiana held tight early, and it was only on the strength of a Barbosa trey with four seconds left that the Suns took a 30-28 lead into the second quarter.
The Pacers only trailed 42-40 midway through the second quarter, but Nash and the Suns scored eight straight to stretch the lead to double digits, with Nash scoring four of the eight points, and Phoenix led 50-40 with just under five minutes left.
The Suns extended their lead to 62-49 at the break, with Stoudemire scoring 17 points before the intermission.
Daniels re-aggravated a knee injury and will not play for the Pacers Sunday at the LA Clippers...Indiana's Maceo Baston suffered a dislocated toe...Phoenix improved to 24-4 vs East on the season...Eric Piatkowski scored a season- high 11 points, and Pat Burke scored a season-high 10 points for the Suns...Kurt Thomas finished with 15 rebounds for the Suns...Phoenix made 22- of-25 free throws...The Suns are 22-1 when holding their opponent under 100 points.
03/03 00:20:38 ET