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Pacers take easy path to get past fatigued Phoenix 116-101

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Victor Oladipo decided to share Wednesday night's All-Star selection party with his teammates.

They joined right in.

A night after the announcement came, Oladipo had 21 points and nine assists to help the Pacers pull away from the Phoenix Suns 116-101.

''I drew a lot of attention and guys were open. When my teammates are playing well, shooting the ball well, it makes it that much easier for me and everyone else,'' Oladipo said. ''When we play as a unit on both ends of the floor we're really effective.''

Indiana was efficient and dominant despite playing without two starters. The Pacers never trailed, never allowed the Suns to get closer than 10 points after the first quarter, built a 38-point lead in the third and still led by 27 with 4:41 left to play.

Five Pacers scored in double figures and Oladipo wasn't even Indiana's top scorer. Thaddeus Young had 22 points.

Sure, Phoenix looked like a team ready to head home following the final stop on a four-game road trip.

But Oladipo and the Pacers took full advantage with a devastating one-two combination: a 13-4 scoring flurry to end the first half and a 16-2 spurt to start the second. That made it 79-44, all but assuring Indiana of its fifth win in six games and its second double-digit victory over Phoenix in 10 days.

''They were a physical team, and we didn't match their physicality,'' Suns coach Jay Triano said. ''For us to compete with a team like this we've got to have everybody play well and it didn't happen.''

Josh Jackson scored 20 points and Greg Monroe had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost two straight and five of six.

The Suns started the second half with three turnovers and five missed shots before making their first basket - Jackson's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 79-49 with 7:24 left in the third. Phoenix only managed to make the score more respectable by finishing the game on a 16-4 run.

TIP-INS

Suns: Phoenix was 9 of 35 on 3-pointers but still extended the league's longest active streak of consecutive games with a 3 to 1,106. Dallas holds the NBA record at 1,108. ... Devin Booker and Troy Daniels each scored 19 points.

Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Al Jefferson had 10 points. ... Lance Stephenson had seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. ... The 15-point victory coupled with last week's 23-point rout gave Indiana its most lopsided season sweep over Phoenix in franchise history. ... The Pacers shot 56.2 percent from the field and are 16-0 when topping 50 percent this season.

SHORT-HANDED

Pacers guard Joe Young made his first career start because point guard Darren Collison was out for personal reasons. McMillan made the announcement shortly before the tip but provided no details about why Collison was out or how many games he might miss.

Young had six points.

Starting center Myles Turner also sat out again, missing his eighth straight with an injured right elbow. Turner's replacement, Domantas Sabonis, was selected for the Rising Stars Challenge game Wednesday and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Indiana also lost backup forward TJ Leaf with a sprained right ankle early in the second quarter. He did not return.

HE SAID IT

''This was an embarrassing game,'' Booker said. ''I'm not sure how many transition points they had, I'm sure it was a lot. A lot more than we had.''

UP NEXT

Suns: Play their first home game in 12 days when the Knicks visit Friday.

Pacers: Can sweep the four-game season series by winning Friday at Cleveland.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Josh Jackson made finger-roll layup 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Alec Peters 0:27
  Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:50
  Josh Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:53
  Team rebound 1:04
  Cory Joseph missed layup 1:04
  Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph 1:20
  Tyler Ulis missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:23
  Defensive rebound by Dragan Bender 1:29
  Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:32
Team Stats
Points 101 116
Field Goals 35-84 (41.7%) 45-80 (56.3%)
3-Pointers 9-35 (25.7%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 22-29 (75.9%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 52 47
Offensive 10 3
Defensive 32 36
Team 10 8
Assists 22 32
Steals 3 11
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 26 24
Technicals 0 1
16 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Suns 17-31 18262136101
home team logo Pacers 26-22 32313617116
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 17-31 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pacers 26-22 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
J. Jackson SF 13.1 PPG 4.6 RPG 1.5 APG 41.7 FG%
T. Young SF 11.8 PPG 6.3 RPG 1.9 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Jackson SF 20 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
T. Young SF 22 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
41.7 FG% 56.3
25.7 3PT FG% 37.5
75.9 FT% 68.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 25 19 6 4 0 0 3 1 5/16 0/4 9/9 2 4 30 -33
T. Warren 23 10 2 0 1 1 1 4 5/12 0/1 0/1 1 1 13 -30
T. Ulis 20 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 12 +1
T. Chandler 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -2 -23
D. Bender 23 0 4 3 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 4 10 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 25 19 6 4 0 0 3 1 5/16 0/4 9/9 2 4 30 -33
T. Warren 23 10 2 0 1 1 1 4 5/12 0/1 0/1 1 1 13 -30
T. Ulis 20 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/1 0 1 12 +1
T. Chandler 10 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -2 -23
D. Bender 23 0 4 3 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 4 10 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 25 20 2 2 0 0 2 5 7/11 2/5 4/6 0 2 24 +15
T. Daniels 26 19 0 1 1 0 1 1 5/10 5/10 4/4 0 0 21 +12
G. Monroe 29 16 17 1 1 1 3 3 7/11 0/0 2/3 5 12 34 -11
I. Canaan 22 5 3 4 0 0 2 2 2/9 1/5 0/2 1 2 14 -10
A. Peters 12 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 3/3 1 4 10 +19
J. Dudley 20 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 10 -6
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Len - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chriss - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. House - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 42 22 3 2 16 26 35/84 9/35 22/29 10 32 176 -75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 31 22 3 0 3 0 0 0 10/13 2/4 0/0 0 3 28 +37
V. Oladipo 33 21 4 9 3 0 1 3 6/11 2/6 7/7 1 3 45 +35
D. Sabonis 24 19 8 3 1 1 4 3 8/12 1/2 2/4 1 7 31 +23
B. Bogdanovic 31 17 7 3 1 1 2 4 6/9 3/5 2/4 0 7 30 +24
J. Young 33 6 2 2 2 0 3 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 31 22 3 0 3 0 0 0 10/13 2/4 0/0 0 3 28 +37
V. Oladipo 33 21 4 9 3 0 1 3 6/11 2/6 7/7 1 3 45 +35
D. Sabonis 24 19 8 3 1 1 4 3 8/12 1/2 2/4 1 7 31 +23
B. Bogdanovic 31 17 7 3 1 1 2 4 6/9 3/5 2/4 0 7 30 +24
J. Young 33 6 2 2 2 0 3 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 2 11 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Jefferson 20 10 2 2 0 0 0 6 4/8 0/0 2/2 1 1 16 +7
C. Joseph 32 8 3 8 0 0 1 2 3/9 0/1 2/2 0 3 26 -8
L. Stephenson 21 7 9 4 1 2 1 1 2/6 1/3 2/6 0 9 26 -13
A. Poythress 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -15
T. Leaf 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -3
B. Moore 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -14
D. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 116 39 32 11 4 12 24 45/80 9/24 17/25 3 36 222 +75