DANNY GRANGER
Scored 14 of his 18 points in the pivotal third quarter, including four 3-pointers. Also added five rebounds and two steals.
RICK CARLISLE
"It seemed like they were scoring on us a lot in the first half, even though they shot 40 percent. Defensively in the second half we got a lot more tough-minded. The fact they were on a back-to-back wore on them a little bit and we picked it up, and that was the difference in the game."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 40, Raptors 30
Fast-break points:
Pacers 10, Raptors 8
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 13, Raptors 10
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 15, Raptors 6
Starters scoring:
Pacers 70, Raptors 67
Bench scoring:
Pacers 32, Raptors 17
After totaling just 39 points in the first half, the Pacers racked up 63 points on 22-of-38 shooting (.579), including 9-of-13 from the 3-point line (.679) in the second half, with 13 assists and just five turnovers.
New addition Chris Webber and the Pistons await the Pacers for a Sunday evening game in Detroit (6:30, ESPN).
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  • INDIANA 102, TORONTO 84
    Granger Heats Up, Burns Raptors

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 27, 2007


    For a guy with less than two weeks as a primary option in the offense, Danny Granger already has developed a real knack for picking his spots. Granger scored 14 of his 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in the third quarter when the Pacers took control of the game on their way to a 102-84 victory over Toronto Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Granger scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime of the Pacers' last game, a 96-94 victory over Miami. His hot streak against the Raptors fueled a 30-point third quarter in which the Pacers built an eight-point lead heading into the fourth and won going away.

    The Pacers (23-20) won their third in a row, matching the season high, and improved to 13-7 at home. The Raptors (22-23) had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-17 on the road despite 26 points and 12 rebounds from newly elected All-Star starter Chris Bosh.


    PLUSES

    A pattern is developing and it holds great promise. The Pacers haven't been reliant on one or two individual in their streak, rather getting a range of contributions from a variety of players. Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points, tied his career-high with seven assists and added six rebounds. Granger had five rebounds, two assists and two steals, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the arc. Mike Dunleavy scored 15 with three steals. Troy Murphy pulled 12 rebounds with three assists. The second unit again made a difference as Marquis Daniels scored 13, Darrell Armstrong had 12 with three assists and two steals and Jeff Foster pulled 12 rebounds. The Pacers committed just 13 turnovers, outrebounded the Raptors 45-36 and made half their 22 attempts from the 3-point line.
    MINUSES
    Bosh put up big numbers but wasn't a major force in the game, scoring 12 of his points after the Pacers built a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter. Point guard Jose Calderon had a 14-point, 10-assist double-double but also committed six turnovers. Anthony Parker and Rasho Nesterovic scored 10 apiece.
    MOMENTS
    Toronto had the momentum for most of the first half but the Pacers found their rhythm late in the second quarter, bridging intermission with a 14-3 run to take a 46-40 lead on a Granger 3-pointer. He made two in a row to push the advantage to 54-46 before the Raptors began chipping away, closing to 60-58 on Andrea Bargnani's jumper. The Pacers again finished with a flourish as Daniels scored on the break and Granger hit another 3-pointer to spark a 13-3 run that resulted in a 73-61 lead early in the fourth period.

    The Raptors got as close as 75-66 before the Pacers put it away with a 10-2 run highlighted by 3-pointers from Armstrong and Dunleavy and the Raptors would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.


    TIDBITS
  • The Pacers are 3-2 since the trade with Golden State, 3-1 since the former Warriors joined the team.
  • Toronto was without point guard T.J. Ford (sore ankle).
  • Former Indiana guard Fred Jones played 12 minutes off the Toronto bench, scoring seven points, five from the free-throw line. Jones, who signed as a free agent with the Raptors in the offseason, had five DNP-CDs in the previous 11 games.
  • Colts Coach Tony Dungy and former Pacers center LaSalle Thompson were among the 14,263 in attendance.