Suns look to complete season sweep of Pacers

PHOENIX — The last time the Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers crossed paths, the Suns put together perhaps their most complete effort of the season — dominating the Pacers in a 116-96 victory on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis.

The Suns (6-15) will go for the series sweep on Wednesday as the Pacers (10-11) visit Talking Stick Resort Arena. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Phoenix reserves dominated their Indiana counterparts in the first meeting — outscoring the Pacers backups 78-35. Brandon Knight led the way with 17 and was joined in double figures by Jared Dudley (16), Alan Williams (15), Leandro Barbosa (13) and Tyler Ulis (10).

“We went through the motions,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said after the game. “It was bad out there.”

The Suns got another strong effort from their bench on Tuesday night in Utah to rally from a 20-point halftime deficit and tie the game at 103, but they faltered down the stretch and lost by seven.

“That (second) unit came in and played selfless,” coach Earl Watson said. “They gave up all their energy on defense, and offensively they moved the ball, created the tempo and played amazing perimeter defense.”

Knight again led the reserves with 15 points, center Alex Len added 14 and Barbosa scored 13. No Sun played more than 28 minutes on the first night of a back-to-back set.

Phoenix is 1-3 in the second game of consecutive-night scheduling this season, the most recent being a 120-105 loss at Philadelphia on the night after they won at Indiana.

The Pacers are coming off a 142-106 drubbing at Golden State on Monday night — a game in which Warriors guard Klay Thompson went off for 60 points despite being pulled early.

Wednesday's game is the fourth in a five-game Western road trip for Indiana. In addition to the loss at Golden State, the Pacers were losers in Portland (131-109) and to the Clippers in Los Angeles (111-102).

Brandon Knight led the way with 17 points as the Suns reserves outscored their Indiana counterparts 78-35 last month in Indianapolis.