Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: IND 72, TOR 74
by Scott Agness
The Pacers were looking to string together back-to-back wins for the first time all season. They were at home against a tired and injury-riddled Raptors team, but the shots just didn't fall and thus, the Pacers did, 74-72.
Fresh off a three-overtime game last night, you would expect the Raptors to be the team to play flat. Toronto’s fatigue only lasted a few minutes. They turned it over on their first three possessions, resulting in seven points for the Pacers. A couple minutes later, George Hill added a layup to make it 13-4, but from that point the Pacers lacked emotion. The Raptors went on an 18-4 run, including 10 straight, to take their first lead 18-17 on a Jose Calderon 18-foot jumper.
Like other teams have against the Pacers, the Raptors shifted to a 2-3 zone defense, with 90 seconds to play in the first and continued into the second period. The Pacers, looking disinterested, settled for shots and went 5-of-19 in the second stanza. The Raptors led by as many as 14 and held a 45-36 lead at the break.
Field goal droughts were the story of the second half. The Raptors went eight minutes without a field goal in the third, but they stayed ahead because of foul shots. In the third quarter alone, the Raptors and Pacers combined to shoot 17 free throws.
The Pacers had plenty of chances in the fourth quarter. Hill scored six straight around the basket to cut the Raptors lead to three at 71-68. The Raptors, who made just 6-of-33 second half field goals, then made three tries at the charity line to go up six. Paul George hit two free throws and Hill connected on another shot around the hoop to make it a one possession game with one minute to play. The Pacers had five good looks out of two timeouts, but none fell.
Inside the Numbers
Toronto’s Jose Calderon recorded the first triple-double of his career, finishing with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and Linas Kleiza scored 10 off the bench.
George Hill led all scorers with 18 points and Paul George contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.
The 72 points by the Pacers is a season-low.
The Pacers outscored the Raptors 32-18 in the paint and 23-4 on fast breaks.
"Give credit to Toronto for playing a gutsy game after a triple-overtime game the night before. They gutted it out and we had a tough shooting night." – Frank Vogel
"We’ve got multiple guys in shooting slumps right now that are better than they’re showing…I think we’re getting a number of looks at the rim that we’re not finishing. When we get open threes, we’re not knocking them down." – Frank Vogel on the offense
"I don’t think we took them lightly. We understood that they were coming in needing a winning. An overtime loss definitely makes you want to come out hungry the next game. We knew that coming in but we just didn’t carry out our assignments." – Paul George
"We got good looks at the end but it was really frustrating that we couldn’t get the ball to go down. Tonight, it seemed like we were lacking energy, not as individuals but as a group." – George Hill
"We have to figure out a way that we can get people in their best scoring positions, where their strengths are and not where their weakness are and just figure out how we can do that as a group. I think once we do that we’ll be fine. It’s a long season and we have a long road ahead of us but as a group, we know we have a lot to do to get better." – George Hill
Stat of the Game
The Pacers held the Raptors to a franchise-low five points in the fourth quarter on 1-of-15 shooting. Meanwhile, the Pacers couldn’t take advantage. They missed 19 of their final 24 shots, including the last five.
- Starters Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields as well as Alan Anderson were inactive for the Raptors.
- The Raptors win ends the club’s four-game losing streak to the Pacers. Toronto also snapped a streak of seven-straight losses at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
- Linas Kleiza was called for a technical foul at the 9:33 mark of the second quarter.
After the game, Indiana will fly to Milwaukee in their first division game of the season on Wednesday at 7 PM EST.
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