Nash, Suns shine over Pacers
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Steve Nash had 25 points and 11 assists as
the Phoenix Suns came back from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to win
going away, 103-92, over the Indiana Pacers.
Amare Stoudemire had a monster game, with 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Shawn
Marion scored 22 points for the Suns, who won their fifth straight.
Jermaine O’Neal finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and six
blocked shots, but couldn’t prevent the third straight loss for the Pacers.
Darrell Armstrong scored 17 points for Indiana, and Mike Dunleavy added 16
Raja Bell opened the fourth quarter with a three and a layup, pulling the Suns
to within 79-78, and capping a 19-2 run that bridged the third and fourth
quarters, all but erasing an 18-point Pacers lead.
Indiana still held an 88-85 lead with 6:35 left, but Nash powered a 10-0 run
with eight straight points, and his three with 4:43 left posted the Suns to a
The Pacers had no answers on the offensive end, and were outscored 18-4 to
close the game.
Indiana appeared to be heading to an impressive blowout win with a hot start
to the third quarter. Ahead 57-55, the Pacers rolled off 10 straight points,
taking a 67-55 lead after a Dunleavy trey with 7:45 left. The 10-0 run was
part of a 20-4 stretch, and the Pacers lead bulged at 77-59 with 4:57 left.
Indiana’s 18-point lead was short-lived, though, as Stoudemire scored eight
points down the stretch to power a 14-2 Suns run, and Phoenix pulled to within
79-73 entering the final 12 minutes.
The teams were tied at 19 after one quarter, and O’Neal, who scored 18 points
in the first half, scored the last six Pacers points to give Indiana a 50-49
lead at the break.
Phoenix improved to 14-0 on the road versus East this season…Indiana’s
Jamaal Tinsley sat with a sore leg…The two teams meet again Friday night in