Brandon Knight scores 17 points, Suns beat Pacers 116-96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brandon Knight scored 17 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 116-96 on Friday night.
Jared Dudley added 16 points, Alan Williams had 15 points, and Devin Booker and Leandro Barbosa 13 each. Phoenix’s backups outscored Indiana’s reserves 78-35, the most points by bench players in the NBA this season. The Suns improved to 4-9 with their second road victory.
Myles Turner led the Pacers with 22 points, and Jeff Teague had 21 points and seven assists.
The Pacers rallied to take their first lead with 7:46 left in the third quarter on Turner’s basket. But the Suns pulled ahead again, with Knight scoring all 12 points of his points in the period in a 2 1/2-minute stretch. Phoenix outscored Indiana 27-14 in the fourth.
Pacers All-Star Paul George did not play for the second time in three games. He’s battling soreness in his left ankle after turning his ankle in Indiana’s overtime loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 11. He’s scheduled for an MRI on Saturday to assess the severity of the injury.
Phoenix: The game was the fourth back-to-back Phoenix has played through 13 games … Eric Bledsoe and Alex Len were both called for technical fouls for arguing foul calls with official Dan Crawford. … Phoenix is 2-1 against the Eastern Conference. … The Suns have won 16 of the last 22 meetings with the Pacers and nine of the last 12 at Indiana.
Indiana: Rodney Stuckey played for the first time since opening night after missing 10 games with strained right hamstring. … CJ Miles left the game with three minutes left in the first quarter with a left knee injury and did not return to the game … The contest was the fourth in a stretch for the Pacers that has them playing eight of nine games at home.
Phoenix visits Philadelphia on Saturday in the fourth game of a six-game trip.
Indiana is on the road Sunday at Oklahoma City, then hosts defending Western Conference champion Golden State on Monday.