Indianapolis (AP) - Marcin Gortat had 23 points and eight rebounds, Steve Nash added 12 points and tied his season high with
17 assists, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Indiana Pacers 113-111 on Friday night.
Grant Hill scored 22 points for the Suns.
Danny Granger had 28 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who played their second game in a series of three games in three days.
Channing Frye hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to give the Suns a 109-103 lead and the Pacers were never able to recover.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel was ejected from the game with less than two minutes left after picking up his second technical. Hill hit a jumper and Nash's free throw after Vogel was called for his first technical with 5:11 left in the game gave the Suns a 99-93 lead.
The Pacers came back to get within 101-99 when Granger hit a 3-pointer with 2:31 left. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter. But that's when Hill went to the line and hit two free throws to make it 103-99 and Vogel was called for his second technical after the Pacers turned the ball over.
Nash hit the free throw and the Suns led 104-99. Paul George followed with a jumper before Hibbert made two free throws to get the Pacers within a point. But Gortat answered with a layup and Frye hit his 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds to play.
The Pacers nearly tied it in the final seconds. George was fouled with 1.7 seconds left and made the first free throw. He missed the second and grabbed the rebound, but missed the layup as time expired.
The Pacers were never able to take more than a five-point lead in the first quarter and neither team took more than a seven-point lead throughout the entire game.
Indiana made multiple roster changes. Pacers center Jeff Foster announced his retirement on Wednesday
because of chronic back problems and the Pacers announced Friday that they signed center Kyrylo Fesenko from the Utah Jazz.
Both moves came after the Pacers acquired Leandro Barbosa from Toronto on March 15.
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