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Five Straight Wins For Raptors
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Pacers 102 117 Raptors
Matthew Iaboni
January 31, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

The Raptors had built up a 16 point lead and it appeared that they would run away with the game. But the Pacers charged back to tie it at 97 early in the fourth quarter as the Raptors appeared to ease off the gas pedal to finish the third quarter.

As has been the case throughout the Raptors winning streak of late, the Raptors got some big buckets down the stretch from Chris Bosh, Amir Johnson and Jarrett Jack to pull away.


Chris Bosh has been a dominant force all season and on Sunday, the Pacers had no answers for the Raptors All-Star.

Bosh was not only scoring the ball (12-21 FGM-A) but he also cleaned up the glass with 15 rebounds and also seven assists. After the Pacers made their comeback, the Raptors looked to CB4 and he delivered. He had eight points in the fourth as the Raptors came away with the win. He has scored 24 points and grabbed at least 15 rebounds in three straight games.


There were plenty of candidates on this night. The Raptors bench was huge but with Hedo Turkoglu leaving the game after just 1:01, Antoine Wright was once again dynamite. The bench combined for 45 points which more then made up for the loss of Turkoglu.

The forward was lethal from the floor (6-10 FG) and also from three-point range (3-4). His 15 points was a season best , he also helped out on the glass as he had six rebounds in a bench-high 35:41 minutes.


"You look at the fact that we have seven guys in double figures. When we go to the bench, Antoine has been good, Jose has been good, I just hate messing that up. Marco didn't play well tonight but Amir was very good. We are just getting good production from a lot of guys."

- Jay Triano on the play of the bench


Tues., Feb. 2 @ Indiana
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

The Raptors and Pacers conclude their home-and-home at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana. This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two this season. The home team has won all the matchups so far this season and the Raptors have some extra motivation as they will be going for their sixth consecutive win.

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The Numbers
1:01 Time Hedo Turkoglu played before leaving with a facial injury.
.602 Toronto shot a season best (50 of 83) from the field.
35 Double-doubles on the season for Chris Bosh.
10 Free-throws made for the Raptors (season low).
67.3 Points Raptors are averaging in first half against Pacers.
They Said It...
Chris Bosh "We have a strong bench. I think that was one of the keys to our success this year, how our bench was going to play. So far, we've played pretty well. We will need them to continue to play well.
- Chris Bosh on the Raptors' bench play
Hedo Turkoglu "We look at the standings every day. We want to create some separation from the teams that are behind us and gain some ground on teams in front of us.
- Jarrett Jack on only being four-and-a-half behind Boston
Jarrett Jack "He's trouble for anybody we put on him. We've tried over the years to put big guys on him, it doesn't work. We've tried to put small guys on him; it doesn't seem to work either. I don't know if we have somebody to play Bosh to tell you the truth."
- Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien on guarding Chris Bosh