Notebook: Raptors 74, Pacers 72



Posted Nov 13, 2012 10:55 PM

By Conrad Brunner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: It's entirely possible no team ever has played a worse half of basketball and emerged victorious. But that might actually say more about the performance of the team that lost. In the second half, Toronto shot 6-for-33 (18.2 percent), committed seven turnovers, totaled just 28 points -- including just five in a 1-for-15 fourth quarter -- and somehow managed to beat Indiana 74-72 Tuesday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Raptors (2-6) were coming off a 140-133 triple-overtime loss to Utah on Monday and were missing three injured players, while the Pacers had two days off. Yet it was Toronto that played with greater energy, fending off a late rally to snap losing streaks of four overall and seven in Indianapolis. For the Pacers (3-5), the loss was not only maddening, it was ironic -- they set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a quarter and still could not find a way to win. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 for Toronto, while Jose Calderon had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. George Hill led the Pacers with 18 points.

QUOTABLE: "Tonight our guys willed their way through the fourth quarter. They had no legs to score. But our guys stuck together."

-- Toronto Coach Dwane Casey

THE STAT: After Linas Kleiza scored inside with 9:26 remaining to put the Raptors up 71-59, they missed their final nine shots and scored just three points.

TURNING POINT: Hill tried to bring the Pacers back, scoring eight points in a 13-3 rally that cut the deficit to 74-72 with 1:02 remaining. After Amir Johnson missed a 3-pointer late in the shot clock with 40.8 seconds remaining, the Pacers had four shots to at least tie the game -- one by David West, two by Paul George and one from Hill -- but missed them all.

QUOTABLE II: "We were exhausted. But it's about gutting it out. We had to rely on something, and it wasn't our offense tonight."

-- DeRozan

HOT: Calderon made half of his 10 shots and hit both 3-point attempts.

NOT: Pretty much everybody else on both teams. George shot 3-for-14. West and Roy Hibbert combined to go 6-for-21, bringing their two-game total to 13-for-52. Indiana's bench was a combined 4-for-14. Toronto's reserves were 8-for-27. Andrea Bargnani was 3-for-13.

GOOD MOVE: The Pacers started according to script, jumping on the tired team, coming up with five steals and hitting five of their first six shots in bolting to a 13-4 lead in the first four minutes.

BAD MOVE: The Pacers promptly vanished and were outscored 40-17 over the next 18 minutes as the Raptors built a 14-point lead. Indiana shot 7-for-28 in that span to fall into a hole it could not climb from.

ROOKIE WATCH: Jonas Valanciunas had a solid game for the Raptors with nine points and eight rebounds, going 4-for-8 from the field. Terrence Ross also contributed nicely off the bench with seven points on 3-for-5 shooting in 13 minutes. None of Indiana's three rookies played.

NOTABLE: Against a defense ranked No. 29 in the NBA entering the game, Indiana shot 10-for-38 (26.3 percent) in the second half and 5-for-24 (20.8) in the fourth quarter and wound up at 32 percent for the game. ... Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle) and small forward Landry Fields (right hand/wrist) traveled to New York to see a specialist to get second opinions. Lowry missed his fourth game in a row, Field his third. Alan Anderson (sprained left foot) saw a specialist in Indianapolis today and also did not play. ... DeRozan has averaged 23.8 points in his last four, including a career-high 37 Monday night. ... D.J. Augustin has struggled mightily as the backup point guard, for Indiana, shooting 7-for-33 (21.2 percent) overall and 6-for-24 (25 percent) from the 3-point line.

UP NEXT: For the Pacers, Wednesday @ Milwaukee, Friday vs. Dallas, Sunday @ New York. For the Raptors, Saturday @ Boston, Sunday vs. Orlando, Tuesday @ Philadelphia