Pacers success out west continues

PHOENIX – The Pacers had a simple goal as they embarked on their last major road trip of the 2012-2013 regular season: Try to get to .500 on the road.

Before this week Indiana was 15-19 in games away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but four games against Western Conference opponents gave them a chance to bring themselves back to even.

Right now, their three-quarters the way there.

Once again the Pacers showed moxie on the road as they pushed past the Suns 112-104 late Saturday night at the US Airways Center.

The team is now 18-19 on the road for the season but more importantly 47-27 on the season, putting them a half-game ahead of the Knicks for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Paul George led the Pacers with 25 points while Roy Hibbert contributed 20 along with a team-high seven rebounds.

Indiana had as much as a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter but the Suns rallied back to cut the deficit to three before the Pacers shut the door and put themselves just one win away from a road trip sweep.

That game will be the toughest, however, as the Pacers go to the Staples Center Monday night to visit the Clippers who are 49-29 on the season.