Stojakovic, Jackson Help Pacers End Skid
Indiana 111, Toronto 103
INDIANAPOLIS, April 5 (Ticker) -- Peja Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson provided the offensive firepower to help the Indiana Pacers stop the bleeding.
Stojakovic and Jackson scored 25 points apiece as the Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
"I think I speak for everybody when I say that we like winning better than we like losing," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're certainly happy to get on the winning side of a game. It's been a while."
Jackson's layup with 6:54 remaining gave the Pacers a 97-94 edge and started a decisive 9-2 run. Anthony Johnson capped the surge with a 3-pointer with 4:39 left to all but seal things.
"We haven't had a lot of success against losing ball clubs and we were on a five game losing streak," Johnson said. "So it feels good to finally put a game in the win column. Now we can kind of breathe a sigh of relief."
"We've been letting games get away from us and we even showed signs of giving this one up after we had a lead," Jackson said. "Thankfully we were able to pull it off. Hopefully we can draw something positive from it. It feels good to win."
Jermaine O'Neal scored 18 points and Stojakovic made all 12 of his free throws for Indiana, which holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Chicago for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.
"It's been tough," Carlisle said. "We're still in the midst of the playoff picture and we'll have to win our way in. We aren't going to back our way in, that's pretty clear."
Mike James had 34 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors (26-49), who lost their sixth straight game.
Matt Bonner and rookie Charlie Villanueva added 14 points apiece for Toronto.