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NBA-leading Suns beat Pacers 112-94

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, Deandre Ayton added 27 and 12 rebounds and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 35 points, Deandre Ayton added 27 and 12 rebounds and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 112-94 on Friday.

Chris Paul had 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, the second-best record in franchise history after 41 games.

Justin Holiday had 25 points for Indiana, Caris LeVert had 20, while Domantas Sabonis had 14 and grabbed 14 rebounds. The Pacers lost for the third time in a row and for the ninth time in their last 10 games.

Booker had 22 points in the third quarter to help the Suns take an 80-76 lead in the fourth quarter. Trailing 73-76, Phoenix went on a 23-2 run to take a 96-78 lead.

Neither team shot well from the field in a low-scoring first half. The Suns led 46-38 at halftime.