DARRELL ARMSTRONG
Gave the Pacers their only real spark of the night off the bench, scoring 13 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the 3-point line and adding two assists and a steal in 16 minutes.
RICK CARLISLE
"We were on our heels really from the beginning of the game. They played with a lot of aggression and we were just a step behind most of the night. The group we had in there for the fourth quarter gave us some energy, chopped into the lead, but it was just too late by that point."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 32, Raptors 30
Fast-break points:
Raptors 20, Pacers 8
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 10, Raptors 9
Points off turnovers:
Raptors 14, Pacers 13
Starters scoring:
Raptors 74, Pacers 55
Bench scoring:
Raptors 36, Pacers 33
In the last two games, opponents have made 24-of-44 from the 3-point line (.545) while the Pacers have gone 11-of-39 (.282) and been outscored 72-33 from the arc.
Former Pacers forward Ron Artest returns with the Sacramento Kings Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse (8 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • TORONTO 110, INDIANA 88
    Red-Hot Raptors Bombard Pacers

    At Toronto | Feb. 23, 2007


    Long ago, in a previous century, in fact, Toronto ventured to Indianapolis and missed all six of its 3-point attempts. The date was Feb. 24, 1999, and it is memorable in that it was the last time the Raptors would come up empty.

    Their affinity for the arc was driven home once again Friday night as the Raptors bombed away for 13-of-20 shooting from the 3-point line, built a 27-point fourth-quarter lead and held on for a 110-88 victory over the visiting Pacers at Air Canada Centre.

    While extending its NBA record streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 669, Toronto won for the ninth time in 10 games at home (where it is 20-8) and improved its overall record to 30-25, tops in the Atlantic Division. The Raptors have gone 17-6 in their last 23 games.

    The Pacers had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 29-25 overall, 11-15 on the road.


    PLUSES

    The only players to serve with distinction came from the second unit, primarily Darrell Armstrong, who scored 13 points and hit three from the arc in 16 minutes. Maceo Baston again was productive in a short stint with six points and four rebounds in 10 minutes. Marquis Daniels scored six points in 11 minutes in the first half but re-injured his left knee on a dunk in the second quarter and did not return. Of the starters, Jamaal Tinsley scored 19 with eight assists and three steals, while Jermaine O'Neal had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists but shot 7-of-18 from the field. Danny Granger scored 10. Indiana committed just eight turnovers, more an indication of a lack of passing in general than precise execution.
    MINUSES
    The Pacers shot .386 overall, were 7-of-21 from the arc (.333) and outrebounded 48-37 although to be fair the Raptors didn't offer up many opportunities on the defensive board. Toronto shot .562 overall and an astonishing .650 from the 3-point line. Chris Bosh scored 23 with 12 rebounds and three assists but had plenty of help. Jorge Garbajosa scored 16 (including 4-of-5 from the arc) with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Rasho Nesterovic defended O'Neal well and scored 14 with eight rebounds and three blocks. Andrea Bargnani hit 3-of-5 from the arc and scored 13 with six rebounds. Anthony Parker scored 12 with seven rebounds. Jose Calderon had 12 assists off the bench.
    MOMENTS
    The game was foretold in the opening minutes as the Pacers missed nine of 10 while the Raptors jumped to a quick 10-2 lead. Things got completely out of hand in the second quarter when the Raptors made their first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, and wound up going 15-of-19 in a 40-point period that pushed the halftime lead to 62-46. When Armstrong heaved in a 59-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, it appeared the Pacers might carry a little momentum out of the locker room but they instead were flattened.

    The Raptors scored the first 11 points of the second half, hitting their first five shots, to push the lead to 73-46. In a span of less than 14½ minutes including the second period and the beginning of the third, Toronto outscored Indiana 51-29, shot 20-of-24 overall (.833) and made seven 3-pointers.

    Trailing 91-64, Coach Rick Carlisle cleared the bench to start the fourth quarter and the move sparked a spirited comeback. With Armstrong scoring eight and rookie Shawne Williams five, the Pacers opened the period with an 18-1 run that cut the lead to 92-82. But Toronto, which went nearly 5½ minutes without a basket, got consecutive 3-pointers – naturally – from Bargnani and Parker to stem the tide.


    TIDBITS
  • Toronto's 40 points in the second quarter were the most by a Pacers opponent this season.
  • Daniels tweaked a left knee injury that caused him to miss seven games on a rare driving dunk early in the second quarter and did not return to the game.
  • New addition Juan Dixon was not in uniform for the Raptors because Fred Jones, traded to Portland Thursday, had not yet taken his physical for the Trail Blazers.