INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 2 (Ticker) --
The Indiana Pacers have not won since
returned from suspension. His mindless play in
this one kept it that way.
took advantage of a poor play by Jackson to sink two
free throws with four-tenths of a second to go as the Toronto
Raptors posted a 98-97 triumph over the Pacers, who have lost
six straight games.
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Known for his fiery personality, Jackson was suspended for 30
games for his role in the events at Detroit on Nov. 19. Since
his return on Jan. 26, the Pacers are 0-5.
In this one, Jackson's foul as the clock ticked down spoiled an
otherwise gritty effort by his teammates -- especially
-- who got it done down the stretch without All-Star
, who fouled out.
Foster, a career 61 percent free-throw shooter, made two from
the line with 1.9 seconds left to put Indiana ahead, 97-96. The
Raptors called timeout, then ran a play for Rose, who curled
around the top of the key and leaned into Jackson, who could not
move his feet quick enough and bumped into his opponent.
Rose sank both free throws to lift Toronto (19-27) to just its
fourth road win in 24 games this season. Without any timeouts,
Indiana had to attempt a long inbounds pass that was deflected
away as time expired.
"Jalen, being a veteran, was smart," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell
said. "That is why I wanted him to get the ball. It was an
obvious call. The league said they were going to make those
calls in those situations, regardless of the time on the clock."
"I'm just glad that my team and my coaching staff have a lot of
confidence in me to call that play," Rose said. "Fortunately for
me, I was able to draw a foul and make the free throws. ... I
saw Stephen Jackson
out of control a little bit, so I used my
advantage to go to the line."
Jackson was curt after the game, berating the media
for asking about the team's recent woes and the call at the end
of the game.
"Why do you ask those dumb questions? Are you trying to get me
fined? Don't you think we've been fined enough?" Jackson said.
"No more questions about calls, and that goes for all of you."
Rose, a former Pacer, scored 22 points. Toronto's Chris Bosh
had 25 and 15 rebounds, including a career-high nine of the
"Our guys competed, that was all we wanted them to do," Mitchell
added. "This was a big win for us, one that we needed."
Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak to Indiana and won
here for the first time since Dec. 19, 2001.
"This is very big, we needed it so bad," Bosh said. "It's been
tough to smile after games lately; but tonight is a double
positive -- it is a win and it's on the road."
Jackson was just 5-of-17 from the field and is shooting 36
percent (28-of-77) since his return. Foster had 16 points and
12 rebounds off the bench for the Pacers (20-24), who have lost
six straight overall and five in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Indiana led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter but
dropped its fifth straight home game.
"It is a disappointing loss, there is not much else I can say,"
Indiana coach Rick Carlisle
"That really hurt," Pacers guard Reggie Miller
said. "We are not
playing big right now and until we do, and play a 48-minute
game, it is going to be tough. We opened the door and they came