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Greens gets revenge on former team, Suns race past Pacers

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The Canadian Press
1/23/2014 1:36:28 AM
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PHOENIX - Gerald Green scored 23 points against his former team, leading six Phoenix players in double figures, and the Suns emphatically snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak with a 124-100 victory Wednesday night that matched the Pacers' most one-sided loss of the season.

Indiana, with the league's best record (33-8) and the NBA leader in scoring defence and field goal percentage defence, gave up the most points it has all season.

Goran Dragic scored 21, Markieff Morris 20, P.J. Tucker 13, Miles Plumlee 11 and Channing Frye 10 for the Suns.

Paul George scored 26, George Hill 16 and David West 13 for Indiana.

Phoenix scored 62 points in each half, the most allowed by the Pacers in any half this season.

Phoenix led by 13 at the half, as many as 24 in the third quarter and 26 in the fourth.

Green and Plumlee came to the Suns along with a first-round draft pick in a trade that sent Luis Scola to Indiana in the off-season. Scola scored five on Wednesday night.

The Suns shot 54 per cent, including 11 of 16 from 3-point range. The Pacers committed 21 turnovers, resulting in 27 Phoenix points. The Suns had 10 turnovers for 10 Indiana points.

The Suns led 62-49 at the break.

The onslaught started when Phoenix opened the second quarter with a 14-2 run that put the Suns ahead 44-31. Frye and Green each sank a 3 in the surge.

The Pacers, having trouble with some the Suns' best offensive pressure of the season, never got closer than nine the rest of the half.

Tucker's 3-pointer from the corner put Phoenix ahead 59-45, then Dragic made one of two free throws and it was 60-45. George sank jumper, then with 9.8 seconds left, Dragic made an 18-footer and the Suns were up 62-47. George's step-back 21 footer at the buzzer cut it to 62-49. Green scored 18 in the first half, George 14.

The Suns turned it up a notch to start the second half, opening with a 10-2 run to lead 72-51 on Tucker's basket. When Dragic sank a 3 moments later, Phoenix led 79-55 with 7:12 left in the third quarter. The Suns led 96-79 entering the fourth.

The Pacers scored the first four points of the final quarter to make it 96-83 but Ish Smith scored on a drive, Morris sank consecutive 3s and Phoenix led 105-83 in one of the most raucous environments at US Airways Center this season.

With 6:06 to go, Indiana coach Frank Vogel raised the white flag, emptying his bench with his team trailing 109-83.

NOTES: The Pacers' David West was out briefly in the first half with a bruised right wrist. ... The previous most points scored against Indiana in a half was 61 in the second half at Portland on Dec. 2. ... The most points Indiana had previously allowed was 118 by Oklahoma City on Dec. 8.

Gerald Green  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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