|Pacers return home for another matchup with Suns|
The theme from the Indiana Pacers locker room has been consistent all season. This is a group that really likes each other.
"We've always been a resilient team, that is going to continue to fight and continue to believe in each other," Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. "We play for one another each and every game, so the fight is always there no matter what the outcome of the game. We go out there and we play hard."
After losing two games to Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers rebounded to knock off host San Antonio 94-86 victory to complete a two-game sweep of the Spurs. The Pacers concluded the road trip with a 3-2 mark.
The Pacers (25-22) will host Phoenix (17-30) on Wednesday night. Indiana blew by the Suns 120-97 on Jan. 14 in the first of that five-game road swing.
"It was a great win for this young team to come into San Antonio, where they only lost two games," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "(San Antonio) has always been a tough place to play. To end the road trip when you are a little fatigued or tired, the challenge was mentally giving the effort, staying together, staying connected."
It was the first time the Pacers swept the Spurs since the 1994-95 season.
Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said execution offensively and defensively was the key.
"We did a great job of getting stops and moving the ball," he said. "It was a hard-fought team win."
The Suns have lost four of their last five games, including a 109-105 setback at Milwaukee on Monday night. One positive note is guard Troy Daniels set a franchise record by making a 3-pointer in 27 consecutive games. In fact, Daniels hit five treys against the Bucks.
"He gives us a chance," coach Jay Triano told the Suns website. "We put him in games a lot of times just to give (Devin) Booker rest, but he's also a scoring punch for us. That's why he continues to stay in the game when we bought 'Book' back."
Daniels is seeing improvement in the Suns, a young team like the Pacers.
"I feel the chemistry is almost there," Daniels said. "We have to figure a couple of things out, minor tweaks on the defensive end, but I think we are almost there. I really do."
Daniels, who is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range, is averaging career highs of 8.6 points and 18.8 minutes. Booker leads the Suns with 25 points per game.
Suns forward Marquese Chriss is listed as questionable. Chriss has missed five straight games with a right hip strain.
Pacers center Myles Turner, who has been sidelined with a right elbow injury, isn't sure if he can return to action against the Suns.
"It's a little sore, but I knew that was going to come with it," Turner said. "Just being able to shoot again is good for my confidence. It's tough (sitting on the bench), especially when I see ways I can help out there, that's the hardest part."
Reserve rookie forward T.J. Leaf is listed as questionable as well with a sprained right ankle.