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Recap: Four in a row! Payne, Suns torch Pacers, 114-99

The Suns magical run in Orlando isn’t over, and you can send your thank you cards to Cam Payne and Dario Saric.

Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Four straight! They’re for real, folks.

What a revelation this Suns’ second unit has been in Orlando. Cam Payne and Dario Saric played spectacular basketball and kept the Suns afloat when they needed them most. Phoenix won every single quarter besides the 2nd where Indiana outscored them by one point, and had a couple memorable scoring runs along the way.

It was certainly a game of runs.

First half

The Suns and Pacers traded punches early on in the 1st quarter with the Pacers leading 9-to-7 at one point, but then Phoenix exploded for a 17-0 run to take a 24-to-9 lead. Indiana fought back thanks to the two T.J.’s (Warren and McConnell) to cut the lead to just 5 heading into the 2nd quarter.

Deandre Ayton was engaged early on both offensively and defensively as he tallied 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and one block in the first half of play. Devin Booker had a sneaky 12-point first half and made some impressive passes out of double teams and pressure to set up the other guys.

Frank Kaminsky had a brutal three-minute stretch where was minus 8 and quickly pulled out of the game in favor of Saric playing the backup 5.

Indiana closed the second quarter strong cutting the lead to just 4 points heading into the second half. Warren led all Pacers with 13 points in the 1st half, and outside of him there was a steady dose of contributions all-around.

Second half

Devin Booker picked up four fouls in the first five minutes of the third quarter and Indiana took a three point lead shortly after. Five fouls with over seven minutes left in the third quarter is not ideal and similar to the situation they faced against Dallas earlier in the bubble. All the momentum seemed to be shifting towards the Pacers’ favor at that moment. Until...

Cam Payne decided he was Steph Curry in the third quarter and led Phoenix on a surreal 21-0 run to pull ahead for good.

Deandre Ayton was also huge. This was his best all-around performance of the bubble so far as he was engaged on both ends. He tallied 23 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals and had a critical two-way sequence that shifted the momentum back in Phoenix’s favor after Indiana cut the lead down to 8.

Devin Booker played yet another steady game despite the foul trouble limiting him a bit and finished with 20 points and 10 assists on just 12 shots. He didn’t force anything and played under control (outside of that crazy foul sequence).

Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges did an excellent job of containing and bothering T.J. Warren throughout the game, limiting him to just 16 points on 20 shots and forcing him into two turnovers (which is more than he had all bubble). Cam’s activity on the glass was once again terrific as he pulled down 12 boards.

Here’s some more Cam Payne for your viewing pleasure.

Up next: Suns vs. Heat on Saturday.

Let’s keep the magic rolling!

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