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January 23, 2014

Green, Suns race past Pacers 124-100

PHOENIX (AP) — The team with the NBA's best record had its worst game of the season Wednesday night.

The Phoenix Suns simply ran the Indiana Pacers and their vaunted defense off the court, 124-100.

It was the most points allowed by the Pacers this season and matched their most one-sided loss.

The Suns snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak but was no cause for alarm, the Pacers' George Hill said.

"We spoil you guys with great defense," he said, "so when you do have a bad game you think the world is going to end."

The surprising Suns won their 24th game, one fewer than they did all of last season.

"Heck of an offensive performance by the Phoenix Suns," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "Their shot-making was off the charts."

Gerald Green led the Suns with 23 points against his former team, not that it meant anything that special. Green's had a lot of former teams.

"This is my seventh team, man," he said. "I've been down this road before."

Indiana has the league's best record (33-8) and is the NBA leader in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense. But the Pacers were on their heels from the start.

"We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy and play with a lot of energy," Indiana's Paul George said. "We just did a terrible job of responding to it. They just caught fire and once one of them fell, they all had that confidence to keep shooting."

Goran Dragic scored 21, Markieff Morris 20, P.J. Tucker 13, Miles Plumlee 11 and Channing Frye 10 for the Suns.

George scored 26, Hill 16 and David West 13 for Indiana.

Phoenix scored 62 points in each half, the most allowed by the Pacers in any half this season.

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