TROY MURPHY
Returned from a one-game absence due to a sore left Achilles tendon and scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds in 26 solid minutes off the bench.
JIM O'BRIEN
“That's why they're a team that expects to go deep in the East, because they have a lot of weapons. Bryan Colangelo did a really nice job putting this group together. They have a very, very fast starting point guard and then he's got numerous 3-point options. And you have Chris Bosh who is an excellent one-on-one player from the elbow and also very good in the low post. They space you out. This team beat Chicago by 30 and beat New Jersey by 30 and there's a reason for that: they're very, very good."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 30, Raptors 18
  • Fast-break points: Raptors 15, Pacers 12
  • Second-chance points: Raptors 14, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Raptors 16, Pacers 14
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 65, Raptors 62
  • Bench scoring: Raptors 48, Pacers 36
  • Indiana point guards Jamaal Tinsley and Travis Diener combined to score 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting, 5-of-10 from the 3-point line, adding eight assists and five rebounds. Toronto point guards T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon combined to score 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting, adding 17 assists and five rebounds.
    The Pacers return home for the second half of a back-to-back set Saturday against Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz. (7 p.m., FSN Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM)
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  • TORONTO 110, INDIANA 101
    Raptors hold off Pacers down the stretch

    At Toronto | Nov. 16, 2007


    Deadly shooters dotting the 3-point arc. A gifted post player that knows when to pass, when to shoot and how to get to the free throw line. Unselfish ball movement that yields a high volume of open shots. A second wave of scoring from a deep bench.

    The qualities the Pacers crave were on full display Friday night.

    The problem was, those qualities were more evident in the opposition.

    With the Raptors keeping them at bay with a barrage of 3-pointers, the Pacers challenged but couldn't overcome the hot-shooting home team, falling 110-101 as Toronto made 12-of-23 from the 3-point line.

    Indiana (3-6) lost its sixth in a row heading into a home game with Utah Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse, while Toronto (5-4) won for just the second time in five home games. The Pacers got 20 points apiece from Troy Murphy and Jamaal Tinsley but couldn't contend with the Raptors' multi-faceted, strike-from-anywhere offense.

    Chris Bosh scored 12 of his 22 points from the free-throw line and guards T.J. Ford and Anthony Parker scored 15 apiece but the real difference was made by the second unit. Reserves Jose Calderon, Jason Kapono and Carlos Delfino combined for 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting, including 7-of-12 from the arc.

    "That's why they're a team that expects to go deep in the East," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien, "because they have a lot of weapons."

    The Raptors led by nine early in the fourth quarter but the Pacers rallied behind Troy Murphy, who scored twice in a row to cut the deficit to 92-90 with 5:35 remaining. Indiana turned to its primary offensive weapon, forward Jermaine O'Neal, but he turned it over twice and had a shot blocked as the Raptors responded with seven in a row, including a 3-pointer by Delfino, to push the lead to 99-90 with 3:20 left.

    Tinsley caught fire in the closing minutes, scoring five in a row as the Pacers closed to 101-98 with 1:07 left but he failed to rotate to an open Calderon, who drilled the clinching 3-pointer with 48 seconds left.

    "Jermaine wants the ball in his hands and I want to have the ball in his hands but when he gets down there, teams are not going to let Jermaine O'Neal beat them," said O'Brien. "They're going to load up. I think Jermaine was consistently passing the basketball from the inside to the outside and we weren't knocking down shots so we tried to make sure he forced the issue down low. When it's clogged, you tend to turn the basketball over. We need to knock down shots when he's trapped."

    O'Neal scored 14 points and tied his career high with seven assists, but also committed seven turnovers. His kick-out options likewise struggled as wings Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy combined to shoot 7-of-26 overall and 2-of-11 from the 3-point line.

    The Pacers started well, opening an early 23-12 lead and were up 56-53 at the half before going cold in the third period. Toronto put together a 14-4 run out of the locker room to take a 67-60 lead. With Tinsley hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Murphy another, the Pacers did enough to close to 75-74 late in the period but Bosh converted a three-point play before Parker heaved on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from beyond the midcourt line to make it 81-74 entering the fourth.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Though Murphy returned to action after missing one game with a sore left Achilles tendon, he did not start. Jeff Foster remained in the lineup at center and produced six points and nine rebounds.
  • The Pacers were once again without Marquis Daniels, who sat out for the third time in five games with a sore left knee.
  • Maceo Baston, who left Indiana to sign with Toronto, started at center in his first appearance of the season with the Raptors, producing six points on 3-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes in place of Rasho Nesterovic (sprained left ankle).
  • Granger picked up a Type 1 Flagrant Foul for hitting Jamario Moon from behind on a fast-break late in the third quarter.
  • Neither Pacers guard Stephen Graham nor his twin brother Joey, a former Toronto first-round pick, got into the game.