Bogdanovic’s 3 helps Pacers escape with win in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds to play and the Indiana Pacers escaped with a 109-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
The Pacers, coming off a 33-point victory at Utah the previous night, had their hands full in a tight fourth quarter.
Myles Turner’s 3 gave Indiana a 104-101 lead with 48 seconds to play, but Devin Booker responded with a 3-pointer to tie it at 104-104 with 45 seconds left.
After Bogdanovic’s long-range basket, Booker’s attempt at a game-tying 3 barely rimmed out. Darren Collison’s two free throws wrapped up the scoring.
Doug McDermott and Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points apiece for Indiana. Turner added 16 and Bogdanovic 15.
T.J. Warren scored 25 for the Suns. Booker was just 7-of-21 shooting but scored 20 points and had eight assists. Deandre Ayton had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana led by as many as 13 points in the second and third quarters, but Phoenix, with Booker and Ayton on the bench, used a 15-2 run late in the third and early in the fourth to go up 85-81 when Richaun Holmes made one of two free throws with 9:51 to play.
Until the final seconds, nobody led by more than four the rest of the way.
McDermott and Sabonis each scored 12 in the second quarter. McDermott’s consecutive 3s in an 8-0 Pacers spurt put Indiana up 46-35 with 6:37 left in the half. Indiana stretched it to 52-39 on Sabonis’ two free throws but Phoenix got it back to single digits and trailed 61-54 at the break.
Indiana stretched the lead back to 13, 76-63, on Collison’s 3-pointer but the Suns finished the quarter with a 7-2 spurt, Isaiah Canaan’s 3-pointer cutting the lead to 81-77 entering the final quarter.
Pacers: Indiana’s 33-point win at Utah was the fifth time the Pacers have won a road game by at least 30 points and first in 22 years (when they won at Vancouver 127-80 in December 1996). … Indiana reserves scored a season-high 62 points in the rout at Utah. … McDermott and Sabonis were a combined 8-for-11 in the second quarter against Phoenix. …. McDermott scored 21 for the second game in a row.
Suns: Ayton became the fourth player since 1992 with at least 300 points and 200 rebounds in his first 20 NBA games. The others who did it are Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal. … Ayton had 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half. … A victory would have given Phoenix two wins in its last three games. Suns have won just four all season.
Pacers: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Suns: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.