The Suns’ big three took over inside Footprint Center to lead their team to a 117-110 win over the Indiana Pacers. The Suns have now won five in a row, which is their 2nd largest winning streak of the season.
Starting off hot, Phoenix jumped out to an early 22-8 lead in the 1st quarter. Devin Booker, coming off a 52-point performance against the Pelicans on Friday, scored 12 quick points in the first 6 minutes.
While the Pacers were shooting at a 37% rate in the 1st quarter, they still managed to stick around thanks to a couple of reasons. Number 1, the Suns failed to grab an offensive rebound until around 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. And number 2, the Pacers bench outscored the Suns bench 30-6 in the 1st half.
Entering the second half, the Suns held a slim 4-point lead. They would then slowly build upon this cushion up until the 4th quarter.
In typical fashion, the Suns struggled to get points on the board down the stretch. At one point, the Pacers took the lead courtesy of a 11-0 run.
However, in response to this run, Bradley Beal took the wheel in the final 4 minutes. scoring 8 points in the blink of an eye. Beal ended the night with 25 points on 11-16 shooting.
Altogether, the Suns big 3 accounted for 91 of their 117 points. Kevin Durant led the pack with 40. It marked his 3rd 40+ point night of the season.
And the Suns really needed this type of performance from their stars, at least considering the contribution they got from their bench. Including Eric Gordon, who went 0-5 from beyond the arc, Phoenix’s bench scored just 9. This is compared to 55 scored by the Pacers bench.
The Suns will now have one more home game before venturing on a 7-game road trip. This final home game will be tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls, tipoff at 7 PM.