March 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) wait for the tipoff at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Phoenix defeated Indiana 113-111. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Suns Run By the Pacers


Exhaustion might be the word of last night’s game. This game was up and down in that fourth quarter to where it was hard telling who was scoring, what team was up, and what team would make it to the finish line. Steve Nash did not show any signs of slowing down at his ripe age of 38 and put up 17 assists in this game always looking for that open man. Danny Granger tried to provide as much as punch as he could leading all scorers with 28 points. But that third quarter “lull” did the Pacers in as they fell down by 7 and had to climb back into the game.

They had a chance to tie the game and take it to overtime with a missed free throw by Paul George and a fling at the basket that didn’t go in. What an ending that would have been. But the Pacers fall 113-11 and now have a game left on this back to back to back, the final one of the season. Time to head off to Milwaukee and stop the Bucks there.

Probably the best match up of the night was Roy Hibbert battling Marcin Gortat, who finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Roy Hibbert held his own with his resurgence of 19 points and 7 rebounds for the Pacers. Those guys went at each other and it was entertaining to see two centers battle like that.

Things got a little chippy in this game as Steve Nash picked up a technical foul, one of the few times you’ll see that. Pacers Coach Frank Vogel picked up two of his own technical fouls and was ejected late in the fourth quarter. It had the playoff atomsphere and you saw both teams lay it out there to pick up this win. The Suns get the win, but a fun game by the Pacers and hopefully things get done tonight against the Bucks.

Tags: Danny Granger Steve Nash