Despite falling behind 6-0 to the Phoenix Suns to start the game, the Indiana Pacers used a 12-0 run to take the lead and hold it throughout the half. The Suns would surge in the second quarter as the Indiana defense struggled to keep Phoenix off the board, allowing 48.8% shooting in the first half. Indiana extended the lead to eight on a George Hill floater at the buzzer, giving the Pacers a winning quarter despite a big Phoenix push, and despite Indiana missing nine free throws in the first half.
Three Pacers are in double figures, led by Roy Hibbert with 16, who did a bulk of his damage in the first quarter. Paul George and Lance Stephenson each have 11, with Stephenson leading the Pacers to a 30-point second quarter with all 11. The Pacers hold a 27-19 rebounding edge, with 13 coming on the offensive glass. Jared Dudley and Michael Beasley each have 10 off the bench for Phoenix.