George leads Pacers over Suns

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Updated: March 31, 2013

Paul George scored 25 points and the Indiana
Pacers held off the Phoenix Suns, 112-104, on Saturday.

Roy Hibbert added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won
four in a row and lead the Bulls by 6 1/2 games for first place in the Central
Division.

Lance Stephenson had 16 points, George Hill donated 15 points and David West
recorded 14 points and seven boards for the Pacers, who sit second in the
Eastern Conference.

Goran Dragic ended with 21 points and nine assists for the Suns, who have
dropped six straight. Markieff Morris and Jermaine O’Neal finished with 18 and
13 points, respectively.

Trailing by four, 15-11, with 6:51 left in the first quarter, the Pacers went
on a 15-2 run. George and Hibbert scored eight and seven points, respectively,
during the surge to give Indiana a 26-17 margin with 1:48 remaining.

The Pacers took a 27-21 lead into the second stanza. Indiana extended its
margin to nine, 34-25, on Stephenson’s 3-pointer with 8:18 left until half.
The visitors led for the rest of the half and took a 57-49 edge into the
locker room.

The Suns cut the gap to one in the early stages of the third frame, but the
Pacers used an 18-8 run to take control. D.J. Augustin tallied the final four
points of the surge to give Indiana an 82-71 margin with 2:22 to go. It was an
86-76 game heading to the fourth.

Phoenix used a 7-0 spurt early in the fourth to cut the gap to three, 88-85.
The Pacers, however, responded with seven straight points of their own to make
it a 95-85 contest.

The Suns made a late run and got within one, 102-101, on O’Neal’s three-point
play with 3:10 to play.

West made two free throws at the other end to spark a 10-3 Indiana run to end
the game.

Game Notes

The Pacers went 2-0 against the Suns this season … Indiana guard Gerald
Green (upper respiratory infection) missed the game … Wesley Johnson and
P.J. Tucker had 11 points apiece for the Suns … The Pacers went 34-of-46
from the foul line.