Booker, help Ayton beat NBA-leading Suns Pacers, 112-94

INDIANAPOLIS – Devin Booker scored 35 points, Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 12 rebounds and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns defeated the Indiana Pacers 112-94 on Friday night.

Chris Paul added 12 points and nine assists for Phoenix, and Cam Payne had 11 points and five assists. The Suns finished the first half of the season 32-9, their second-best record in franchise history in the first 41 games.

Justin Holiday scored 25 points for Indiana, Caris LeVert had 20 points and Domantas Sabonis added 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Pacers have lost three in a row and nine out of ten.

Booker scored 22 points in the third quarter to help the Suns take an 80-76 lead in the fourth. Tied at 76, Phoenix had a 20-2 run to take a 96-78 lead.

Neither team shot well in a low-scoring first half, leading the Suns 46-38 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Suns: Cam Johnson did not play for the second straight game due to a left ankle sprain.

Pacers: Jeremy Lamb was sidelined with a sore left knee. … Malcolm Brogdon, who played 17 minutes in a loss to Boston on Wednesday night, was out with a sore Achilles tendon. The game against Boston was his first since December 21 due to the Achilles tendon injury. … Chris Duarte returned after missing the previous two games due to the birth of his daughter.

NEXT ONE

Suns: Sunday in Detroit.

Pacers: Monday at Los Angeles Clippers.

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