With Sean Miller watching, T.J. McConnell's Pacers beat Deandre Ayton's Suns in Phoenix
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With Sean Miller watching, T.J. McConnell's Pacers beat Deandre Ayton's Suns in Phoenix

Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) looks to pass around Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — T.J. Warren scored 25 points in his return to Phoenix, Domantas Sabonis added 24 and the Indiana Pacers rolled to a 112-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Warren was playing his first game against the Suns after being traded from Phoenix to Indiana during the offseason. The sixth-year forward — who played his first five years with the Suns — shot 11 of 18 from the field.

Sabonis added 13 rebounds. The Pacers have won six of their past seven games and stretched their winning streak against the Suns to six.

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) knocks the ball away from Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Phoenix.

A pair of former Arizona Wildcats standouts factored into Wednesday's game. Philadelphia guard T.J. McConnell scored 10 points and dished 11 assists in 27 minutes after replacing Malcolm Brogdon, who left in the second quarter to get three stitches for a cut on his forehead. Brogdon scored five points and had three assists. He came into the game averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 assists. 

Suns center Deandre Ayton scored 10 points, grabbed eight rebouds and dished two assists in 31 minutes. 

Arizona coach Sean Miller made the trip to Phoenix to watch his former players square off. 

Phoenix never led and trailed by 25 by midway through the third quarter The Suns missed their first 11 shots from 3-point range before Elie Okobo hit one late in the third.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 17 points and nine rebounds. Devin Booker added 16 points. The Suns shot just 30 of 84 (36%) from the field.

Indiana led 54-48 at halftime. Warren and Sabonis both scored 12 points for the Pacers before the break. Booker scored 14 points for the Suns. They lost both games of a two-game homestand.

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