This was one of those games where I kept thinking, "The Pacers are so much better than the Suns, they should be blowing them out by 25", but on the other hand I kept fearing that the feisty Suns would hang around and eventually squeeze out a home victory via a Pacers collapse we've all seen too many times.
Fortunately for Indiana, that collapse never came. Give the Suns credit. For much of the night they clawed and scratched and made the Pacers sweat by coming within a single point with more than 2 minutes to go. But the Pacers settled down, pounded the ball to their go-to-guys (David West and Paul George), and finally eked out a 112-104 win, moving them to 47-27 for the season. The Pacers have now won 4 straight and 3 straight on the road, a rarity for this team.
Paul George seemingly toyed with the Suns defense at times en route to 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Roy Hibbert continued his strong play of late with 20 and 7. Lance Stephenson had 16, David West had 14 and George Hill had 15 as all five starters finished in double figures.
With a lot of missed free throws early on and poor ball handling, this was not a great game for the Pacers -- but with the Knicks streaking I'm sure they would take any win they can get right now.
Next up, a huge road game against the Clippers as the Pacers look to sweep this 4-game West coast road trip.