There are times when Goran Dragic is faced with unfavorable odds on a fast break or driving into the paint, and he simply puts his head down and forges ahead like a charging bull.

His Suns have taken on the same personality.

Pick them to finish last, and all they do is take the NBA’s eighth-best record to February. Write them off without Eric Bledsoe, and all they do is have their first 4-0 road trip since the 2009-10 conference-finals season. Don’t consider Dragic an All-Star, and all he does is spend the night showing otherwise.

The Suns were supposed to have no business getting a 102-94 victory over formerly league-leading Indiana on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Suns were playing their fourth road game in five nights at a place where the Pacers were 21-1 and seeking vengeance for a 124-100 trouncing in Phoenix eight days earlier.

To make it worse, Dragic had a sore, swollen left elbow that made him a game-time decision.

“What’s the word?” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek asked Dragic as he warmed up with a padded sleeve.

“Green,” Dragic said. “As in green light.”

And he floored it. Dragic overwhelmed Indiana with a 21-point, five-assist first half in which he looked like a player hell-bent on proving he should have been an All-Star. He actually did not know he had been passed over. That’s just how hard he plays, regardless of injury, opponent or snub.

The West All-Star team has four point guards — Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Portland’s Damian Lillard, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul and San Antonio’s Tony Parker. Dragic has a chance to be Kobe Bryant’s injury replacement, although incoming Commissioner Adam Silver’s pick might be New Orleans’ Anthony Davis or even Memphis’ Mike Conley.

“I didn’t want to know,” Dragic said. “I was a little bit sad, emotional, because I really wanted that. You’ve got hope, and you know that you deserve it. I know it was a tough selection with so many great players in the West, but it still hits you.”

Dragic took a whack at his locker-room chair at halftime when he found out that the West coaches did not select him as one of the seven All-Star reserves, but the Pacers (35-10) felt his hit. Dragic drained jumpers and drove off screens deep into Indiana’s top-ranked defense in the first half, challenging center Roy Hibbert inside with success.