Stojakovic Helps Pacers End Road Woes
Indiana 120, Toronto 95
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Peja Stojakovic and the Indiana Pacers looked as if they were in postseason form.
Stojakovic scored 22 of his 27 points in the first half and Anthony Johnson added 22 and nine rebounds as the Pacers ended their nine-game road losing streak with a 120-95 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
"Every win is important when playoff position is at stake," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've had a string of road losses that's been really tough on us so getting back on track was important."
"We want to have momentum heading into the postseason," Johnson said. "We'd like to stay out of the eighth spot so we don't have to face Detroit, which has eliminated us the last two years."
Loren Woods, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds, drew the Raptors within 44-41 on a jumper with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, the Pacers pulled away for good with a 13-5 surge over the next 5 1/2 minutes and built a 70-51 advantage at intermission.
"Everybody had it going offensively and we were able to swing the ball and make shots," said Stojakovic, who shot 5-of-10 from the arc. "We were able to swing the ball and make shots. We were very unselfish and that is really our game."
The Raptors never challenged after halftime.
All-Star Jermaine O'Neal collected 20 points and five blocks and Stephen Jackson scored 21 points for Indiana, which shot 56 percent (43-of-76) from the field and made 10-of-22 3-pointers.
Swingman Morris Peterson scored 27 points and rookie Joey Graham added 18 for the Raptors, who shot 38 percent (35-of-92).
"In every category they dominated us tonight," said Peterson, who made 7-of-12 shots overall. "They rebounded well, they shot the ball well, they hit their free throws. It got really ugly out there."