TORONTO, April 7 (Ticker) -- Eight is the number for the Toronto Raptors.

Alvin Williams scored 26 points as the Raptors won their eighth straight game to set a franchise record and took over sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 94-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Toronto (38-38) moved one game ahead of Indiana (37-39) for the final playoff spot in the East and clinched the season series with its seventh straight win over the Pacers. The teams have one final meeting Wednesday in Indianapolis.

"It was a big-time win for us. They are a team we're staring right in the face and both teams wanted it," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Alvin stepped up and hit some big shots and played great defense."

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Reggie Miller nailed back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Indiana its final lead at 81-78 with 4:15 remaining. Miller led the Pacers with 26 points.

Keon Clark's follow shot cut the deficit to one point and triggered a 10-0 run that gave Toronto control. Former Pacer Antonio Davis' two foul shots gave the Raptors an 82-81 lead.

Williams pulled up on a fast break and took what appeared to be an ill-advised 3-pointer that he drained for a four-point cushion. After a steal by Clark, Chris Childs capped the spurt with a 3-pointer for an 88-81 lead with 1:29 remaining.

"It was just a matter of taking the shot," Childs said. "I missed a couple earlier but I have to keep on shooting and I'm glad that one went in."

Toronto's entire winning streak has come without All-Star guard Vince Carter, who underwent knee surgery and is out for the season.

While the Raptors are looking just at making the playoffs, they are close to moving up in the standings. Toronto trails seventh-place Milwaukee by one game and is two games behind sixth-place Philadelphia.

Davis finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto while Clark added 15 and nine off the bench. It all helped offset a poor outing by Morris Peterson, who made just 4-of-17 shots.

Williams has played well in Carter's absence and made 11-of-16 shots. He is averaging 16.8 points over his last five games and finished just two points shy of his season high.

Toronto used a substantial rebounding advantage to overwhelm Indiana inside. The Raptors held a 45-26 edge on the glass and scored 25 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds.

"We wanted to go to the boards and, as a matchup, they weren't that big," Wilkens said. "We were able to have our big guys on the floor and still be a fast team."

Jerome Williams provided a huge spark with six points and nine rebounds. Williams had seven offensive rebounds, which equaled Indiana's total.

"Rebounds are where the game was won," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "They got the second-shot opportunities and put the ball in the basket."

Neither team led by more than six points in a closely contested first half. The Raptors scored the final six points and took a 46-45 halftime lead on two free throws by Davis.

Miller, who made 6-of-7 3-pointers, got his offense going in the fourth quarter and scored seven straight points, including two free throws for a 75-73 lead with 6:26 remaining. He drained a long 3-pointer over Childs -- whom he battled numerous times in the playoffs when Childs was with New York -- for the 81-78 edge with 4:15 to go.

"I've been chasing him for years and I had a hand in his face," Childs said. "But he's such a great shooter and hit two big threes for them in the fourth."

But Miller struggled down the stretch, managing just a pair of free throws in the final four minutes. He also made a bad pass that resulted in Childs' 3-pointer.

"Now we are asking for help," Miller said. "We were up three points with four minutes left."

Jermaine O'Neal scored 24 points and Brad Miller added 15 for Indiana, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. Brad Miller's eight rebounds led the Pacers.