Rewind: Pacers vs. Raptors 120113
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Toronto
When the Pacers acquired George Hill and David West, the idea was to add veterans that knew how to win.
The two newcomers showed just that Friday in Toronto as Hill scored a season-high 22 points and West scored seven of his 13 points in the final six minutes as the Pacers rallied from a 16-point deficit to pull out a 95-90 victory over the Raptors in Air Canada Centre.
The Pacers improved to 8-3 overall, 4-3 on the road with their second five-point win of the season over the Raptors. Toronto lost its third in a row to fall to 4-8.
With leading scorer Danny Granger ejected late in the first half, the Pacers turned to Hill, who scored 13 in the second half to carry the offense. After coming all the way back to tie it at 65-all entering the fourth quarter, the final period was tight throughout with the teams never separated by more than two points until the closing seconds.
West scored on a jump hook to put the Pacers up 90-88 but it was Tyler Hansbrough who came up with the most decisive play, rebounding West's missed free throw, drawing a foul and making both with 14.8 seconds to give the Pacers a 93-90 lead.
After Jamaal Magloire missed two free throws with 13.9 remaining, Darren Collison locked it up by making a pair with 11.5 to go.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hill made 7-of-11 shots, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line for his biggest game with the Pacers. Roy Hibbert had 15 points and nine rebounds, just missing his seventh double-double before fouling out for the first time this season. West and Hansbrough scored 13 apiece and Paul George had 10 points and six rebounds. The Pacers shot .455 overall and outscored Toronto 32-20 from the free-throw line. The Pacers committed 17 turnovers, just four in the second half.
Toronto was led by DeMar Derozan, who broke out of a shooting slump with 23 points on 8-of-15 form the field. Leandro Barbosa scored 20 off the bench, making 9 of 17 shots, and point guard Jose Calde3ron scored 15 with nine assists. The Raptors shot .446 overall but just 4 of 17 (.235) from the 3-point line.
"Give Toronto a ton of credit for an extremely hard-fought game with their leading scorer out and with (Jerryd) Bayless out. They had great energy, great intensity and hats off to (Coach) Dwane Casey for turning his team into a legitimate defensive force, second in the league in field goal defense. They're a tough team to score against." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"Quite frankly, I think it was Darren Collison's ball pressure in the second quarter. The starting unit came back in and they had the mindset. We understand when we own the other team's airspace we can go on big runs and we were down big. It always starts with the point guard. He's the first line of defense and when he brings great intensity, which Darren did at the end of the second quarter, that energizes our entire team. That enabled us to get back in the game." - Vogel on the turnaround
"Not a smart play. When you already have a technical, it's not a smart play." - Vogel on Granger's ejection
"We've got seven starters on our team. If we lose Danny Granger it hurts us but we've got other guys that are capable of playing 40 minutes and producing at a starter level. I don't think we dropped off at all." - Vogel
"Coach told me I had to be aggressive and play the way I normally play and tonight I just thank my team for getting behind me, believing in me and helping me get the job done." - Hill
"(Granger)'s an important part of this team and missing him, we know that's tough, but at the same time it gives a chance for everyone to step up and play as a team. Everybody stepped up, did their part, had some good contribution from our bench and the starters did a great job tonight." - Hill
"That's what he does. That's the reason why he's here. We know he's a great veteran leadership guy that can make all types of shots and can score in all types of ways. It wasn't just his offense. He played a great game on the defensive end, also. Happy to be his teammate and just fun to be around him." - Hill on West
STAT OF THE GAME
In building a 40-24 lead midway through the second quarter, Toronto shot 16 of 26 from the field (.615) while the Pacers were 7 of 25 (.280). The rest of the game Indiana shot 23 of 41 (.561) while holding the Raptors to 17 of 48 (.354) from the field.
The Pacers took their first lead of the game, 67-65, to open the fourth quarter. The teams would trade the lead nine times and tie it up 11 times in a back-and-forth final period that was bound to boil down to the final few plays.
Toronto's last lead came at 84-82 with 3:54 remaining and the Pacers took the lead for good at 88-86 on Hibbert's tip-in with 1:24 remaining.
Completely flat out of the gate, the Pacers fell into a quick 11-2 hole and watching the margin widen as DeRozan broke out of his slump, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. If not for the play of Hill off the bench, bringing nine points and much-needed energy, the Pacers might've been blown out early but trailed 27-15 after one.
Toronto pushed the advantage to 40-24 midway through the second period on a dunk by James Johnson. But Vogel took a timeout, put the starters back in the game and the Pacers finally found their stride, putting together a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 42-38. The Raptors, who missed 10 of their final 11 shots of the half, had a 45-40 lead heading into the locker room.
The Pacers shot .375 and had more than twice as many turnovers (13) as assists (five) in the half, while Toronto shot .459.
The Raptors responded to the Pacers' half-closing rally with an early surge in the third period, extending the lead to 59-49 on a 3-pointer by Calderon. But Hill and Hansbrough brought life off the bench, combining for 12 points in a 16-6 run that closed the period by tying the game at 65-all heading into the fourth quarter.
Granger was ejected late in the first half after picking up his second technical foul for taunting Ed Davis after blocking the Toronto forward's dunk attempt. It was the second technical for Granger, who picked up an early T in the first quarter protesting a no-call on his drive to the bucket. … Dahntay Jones started the second half in Granger's small forward slot. … Toronto was without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani (22.3 points, 6.5 rebounds) due to a strained left calf. Second-year forward Ed Davis picked up his first start of the season in his place. … Pacers veteran Jeff Foster did not make the trip in order to rest his back. … DeRozan scored 14 of the Raptors' first 21 points of the game. This followed a fourth quarter the last time the teams met in which DeRozan scored 16 of their final 25. So in a span of slightly more than 16 minutes, DeRozan racked up 30 points. … The Pacers won their first Friday the 13th game since 2002.
The Pacers return home for a rematch with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Pacers won the first meeting on Jan. 6 in Boston 87-74, holding the Celtics to 25 points in the first half -- matching their franchise record-low -- on 26.5 percent shooting.