Pacers' Score Keeper Fools the Suns Into Thinking Amare Had a Career Night
The scoreboard in the arena showed that Amare finished with 51 points, which would have surpassed his 50-point career high. As Stoudemire headed to the bench after the final buzzer had sounded, there were high-fives all around as teammates congratulated him on the career-best performance. But it was not to be. Turns out the Pacers' scorekeeper had mistakenly credited a field goal to Amare when it was actually made by someone else.
Besides the ridiculous performance from Amare, there were some other things going on that made this one interesting for the Suns. Terry Porter had planned on giving Shaq the night off, and the Diesel was dressed in a suit up until about 20 minutes before tip-off. But Matt Barnes had to leave due to a "family emergency" (Stoudemire said afterwards that the Barnes family was expecting twins), so Shaq was drafted into action. He played less than 12 minutes though, thanks to some early foul trouble and Amare's dominance.
Not only did Amare pour in the 49 points, but he finished with 11 rebounds, six assists, five steals, and two blocked shots. More importantly though, the Suns were able to win after allowing the Pacers to score 66 first half points. They allowed only 37 in the second half, and between that effort on the defensive end and the unstoppable play of Stoudemire, the team was able to cruise to their fourth victory in five tries, even while missing one of their starters.