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Suns continue hot run upsetting Pacers

By Chris Pike
31 January 2014 08:09PM EST

THE Phoenix Suns continued their surprisingly strong season upsetting the Pacers in Indiana on Thursday night while the Warriors continued to dominate the Clippers in Oakland.

There were just the three matches in the NBA on Thursday night with the Phoenix Suns beating the Indiana Pacers 102-94, the New York Knicks hammering the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-86 and the Golden State Warriors beating the Los Angeles Clippers 111-92.

Phoenix inflicted on Indiana just its second loss at home for all of the season so far and just their 10th loss overall for the campaign as the Suns continued to be the great surprise packets.

Most expected Phoenix to be one of the worst teams of the western conference this season, but the Suns now sit on a supremely impressive 28-18 record to have won four straight games and be sitting in sixth position in the extremely strong western conference.

The Suns are also still without star guard Eric Bledsoe but are still finding a way to get it done led by point guard Goran Dragic.

Dragic again had 28 points and seven assists on Thursday night on the back of shooting 11-of-21 from the field.

Gerald Green also added 16 points for Phoenix with Marcus Morris scoring 16 points and Markieff Morris 15.

The Pacers' much-vaunted defence has struggled of late conceding over 100 points again to Phoenix on Thursday to have now done so in four of their last five games, after only conceding 100 points six times in the first 40 matches of the season.

However, Indiana still has a 35-10 record to remain three games clear of the Miami Heat on top of the eastern conference.

Centre Roy Hibbert top-scored for the Pacers finishing with 26 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots with David West contributing 18 points, George Hill 17, Lance Stephenson 14 (10 points, 10 assists) and Paul George 12.

New York continues to close in on eighth spot in the eastern conference after a 31-point hammering at Madison Square Garden against Cleveland on Thursday night.

Carmelo Anthony again led the way for the Knicks finishing with 29 points and five rebounds on the back of shooting 8-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point territory.

Along the way, Anthony reached 19,000 points in his career to become the 50th player in NBA history to do so.

Tim Hardaway Jr also added 29 points on the back of shooting 11-of-17 from the field and 6-of-12 from three-point range while JR Smith contributed 19 points, Raymond Felton 12 and Tyson Chandler 11 to go with eight rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavaliers with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists while Dion Waiters scored 21 points and Luol Deng 13 to go with 11 boards.

Golden State continued its dominance over the Clippers in Oakland on Thursday night with the Warriors cruising to a 19-point victory.

The win is the Warriors' 15th in the last 17 matches at home against the Clippers to improve them to a 28-19 record on the season to be in seventh position in the western conference while the Clippers are now 33-16 in fourth spot.

Steph Curry finished with 22 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Warriors on the back of shooting 8-of-10 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc.

Power forward David Lee also finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists with Klay Thompson scoring 16 points, Marreese Speights 12 and Harrison Barnes 10.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut finished the night with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots on the back of shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

All-Star starter Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 27 points with Darren Collison adding 22 points and five assists.

JJ Redick also added 12 points for the Clippers with centre DeAndre Jordan finishing with nine points and 20 rebounds.

NBA Results Thursday January 30
Phoenix Suns (28-18) 102 defeated Indiana Pacers (35-10) 94
Cleveland Cavaliers (16-30) 86 lost to New York Knicks (19-27) 117
Los Angeles Clippers (33-16) 92 lost to Golden State Warriors (28-19) 111

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