Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 15, 2018 11:27 AM
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) steals the ball on Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
By Bob Baum, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Darren Collison scored 19 points to lead seven Indiana players in double figures and the Pacers routed the Phoenix Suns 120-97 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Victor Oladipo scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Pacers, who were coming off a home victory over Cleveland and have won four of five after a five-game losing streak. Cory Joseph added 16 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 for Indiana.
Rookie Josh Jackson scored a career-best 21 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five. Devin Booker added 15, but on 5-of-16 shooting, 1-of-6 from three-point range.
In an otherwise bad night for Phoenix, 17-year NBA veteran Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds to become the 40th player in league history to top 10,000 for his career (10,003).
The Suns, playing without second-leading scorer T.J. Warren, led only briefly early. Indiana went on a 15-4 run to go up 23-11 and led 30-16 after one quarter.
Phoenix never got it to single digits again, trailing by as many as 25 in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the lead reached 92-59 (33 points) on T.J. Leaf's three-pointer.
Indiana opened the second half with a 16-8 run to lead 46-24 on Al Jefferson's layup with 7:09 left in the half. Indiana led 64-44 at the break.
Pacers: Opened a five-game trip through the West. ... Indiana shot 54.5 percent in the first half to the Suns' 38 percent. .... Indiana still is just 8-16 against Suns since 2005-06.
Suns: Warren, averaging 19.7 points per game, was a late scratch with low back soreness. ... Marquese Chriss missed his second straight game with a right hip strain. ... Suns' most one-sided loss of season was 142-116 at home against Houston on Nov. 16 (Nov. 17, PHL time). ... Jackson made 4-of-5 shots in the first quarter, the rest of the Suns 2-of-20. ... Phoenix was 2-of-15 on three's in the first quarter. .... Dragan Bender started and was 0-for-7 shooting, six of them errant three's, and did not score in 30 minutes. ... Phoenix plays the next four and six of the next seven on the road.
Pacers: At Utah on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Suns: At Portland on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).