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Raptors Cough Up Big Lead On The Road To Pacers
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Raptors 101 105 Pacers
Jay Satur
January 11, 2010
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN

Head coach Jay Triano acknowledged that fatigue was a factor in the second-half of a back-to-back, but the Raptors were making it look easy early in the early going, building a lead as big as 23 points.

But a 16-6 Indiana run to end the first half hinted at what was to come. Indiana head coach Jim O'Brien's smaller lineup really did some damage at both ends of the court, most notably during a key Pacers 10-3 fourth-quarter run to put them ahead for good.


The Pacers point guard tandem of rookie AJ Price and veteran Earl Watson was huge in the second half on Monday.

Watson had played some solid defence added eight assists and scored 11 points, including the cluctch three-pointer that gave the Pacers the lead at 95-92. Price scored 16 with eight in the final quarter, including a big three of his own to put Indiana up 100-96 with 1:16 to play.


Andrea Bargnani's shot wasn't falling on Monday, but he was determined to make his presense felt in other aspects of the game.

The Raptors pivot scored just 12 points (4-14 FGM-A), but put forth a strong defensive effort, pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds and added three blocks in his latest solid overall performance to start 2010.


"We had a good effort. I thought we fought hard on a back to back but we turned the ball over too much in the second half. They were able to pick up the defensive intensity, shoot the three-ball and gain the momentum.. I thought the focus was great. We were fatigued. Maybe we didnt have the legs. But I thought we fought hard on a back to back."

- Jay Triano on his team's effort.


Fri., Jan. 15 @ New York
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors now have three full days to prepare for their first matchup of the season with the Knicks in New York on Friday. The Raptors split their four-game series with the Knicks last season with Andrea Bargnani averaging 21.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.25 blocks in four starts. As of Monday, the Knicks sat at 15-22 and were just 1.5 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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The Numbers
17-6 Second-chance points favouring the Raptors
17 Career-high in rebounds for Andrea Bargnani
12 Missed free throws in 43 attempts for Toronto
11-6 Made three-pointers favouring Indiana
39.5 Raptors overall shooting percentage for the game
They Said It...
Jose Calderon "We shouldnt have let them back in the game. Their team, no matter whether were 20 up or 20 down, they keep playing the same way."- Jose Calderon.
Jim O'Brien "Weve been very successful with that (small) lineup. Youll see that lineup more and more now that Danny (Granger) is back. ." - Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien, on his new look lineup.
Jarrett Jack " I still think we are one of the best three point shooting teams in the league. We just didnt show it tonight." - Jarrett Jack on the Raptors shooting.