Friday, March 1st at 7:00 PM EST at Air Canada Centre
Game Rewind: IND 93, TOR 81
by Scott Agness | March 1, 2013 at 10:46 PMTweet
The Pacers admittedly had plenty of motivation for a road win Friday night. After dropping both home games to the Toronto Raptors earlier this year and losing last night to the Clippers, the Pacers bounced back to the tune of a 93-81 win in Canada.
Back with the team following his one-game suspension, Roy Hibbert had three blocks and altered a couple more shots just minutes into the game. He did, however, have to take a seat after picking up two fouls midway thru the first. He clogged the middle during his 24 minutes on the floor and helped hold the Raptors to 30 points in the paint.
After the Pacers scored the first four points of the game, the Raptors used an early 11-2 run to gain the lead, but most of their damage came at the free throw line, where they hit seven of eight tries. The Raptors went 3-of-17 from the field in the first quarter and only tallied two points in the final five minutes.
Danny Granger came in late in the first quarter and helped the Pacers take back the lead, which they’d control the rest of the contest. Their outside shots weren’t dropping (3-for-14) in the opening half and after failing to score on a couple of fast breaks with numbers, they clung to a 39-34 advantage at the break.
During a halftime interview on FOX Sports Indiana, Associate Head Coach Brian Shaw described the first half as “a pretty ugly exhibition of offensive basketball.”
The Raptors kept hanging around in the third quarter, just as they did in the previous three matchups this season. Over the final two minutes of the third, the Pacers finally made a charge and went on a 9-2 spurt, which widened the gap to 13.
Remembering exactly what happened in their last meeting – the Pacers led by eight but didn’t put them away in the fourth – the Pacers continued their push. Paul George nailed three 3-pointers for a 19-point lead, which essentially put the game away. The Raptors never got within single-digits in the fourth as the Pacers captured their fourth-straight win in Toronto, 93-81.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George guided the Pacers to the win, scoring half of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter. With 10 rebounds, he recorded his 11th 20 & 10 game this season.
Dealing with foul trouble all night, Roy Hibbert had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a couple of blocks in his return. David West finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. D.J. Augustin registered a game-high seven assists.
Rudy Gay knocked down 7-of-14 shots and scored 21 points for his most efficient night this season against the Pacers. Alan Anderson contributed 14 points off the bench and John Lucas III added 10.
Allowing just 81 points by the Raptors, the Pacers have held eight-straight opponents below 100 points, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Though they had three fewer attempts, the Pacers made 82 percent (18-for-22) of their shots at the foul line.
All 13 active Pacers players played and only Sam Young failed to score. Ben Hansbrough and Miles Plumlee were both inactive.
Stat of the Game
After shooting 39 percent in the first half, the Pacers connected on 20-of-34 (59 percent) of their second half field goals.
“Guys just made plays. David West obviously towards the end of the third was big. That’s kind of been his time this year, the third quarter, late in the third quarter. To start the fourth quarter, that group made some good plays too with D.J. D.J. Augustin I thought played really well, he had seven assists for the game but played particularly well in that stretch.” – Frank Vogel
“We wanted to make sure we got the win tonight. We felt we let one go the last time we played them at home, we were off. We had four minutes left in the game and we felt that we didn’t want it to happen again so coach put us back in to solidify it.” – Roy Hibbert
“We are in a tough playoff race so we understand that our defense is going to give us a chance. Tonight we were a little tired but we just came in with the effort and the energy on the defensive end, slowed them down and made enough plays to win.” – David West
“Just his size, he is 7-2, 285 pounds that wears on guys over the course of a game. Just having him around the basket and obviously late, we know we can drop it to him and he’ll get a layup, get us a shot on the rim.” – David West on the importance of Hibbert
- The Pacers won their third-consecutive road game.
- The visiting team won every meeting in this four-game season series.
- Paul George earned his fourth technical foul of the season early in the fourth quarter.
- Danny Granger sat out the second half, on the advice of the team’s medical staff because they were on the second night of a back-to-back. After Thursday’s game, Granger felt about 65 percent back.
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