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Raptors' Streak Snapped In Indianapolis
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Raptors 115 130 Pacers
Jay Satur
February 2, 2010
Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN

The Raptors offence began to find its way late in the first quarter, but they never truly seemed in control because of their inability to get stops.

The Pacers went on to regain the lead in the second and blew things open in the third, starting the frame on a 23-8 run and building a 20-point advantage. Anytime the Raptors began to mount any kind of comeback from there, the Pacers were able to get a timely bucket to keep the Raptors at bay.


It's tough to ignore a monster 35-point, 15-rebound performance from Chris Bosh and a career-high 34-point effort from Andrea Bargnani, but Troy Murphy (20 points, 14 rebounds, 8-12 FGM-A) was solid in the Pacers' win, despite fouling out in the fourth.

The sweet-shooting Pacers big man got his team off to another solid start against the Raptors with eight points and seven rebounds in the first quarter. He went on to add 10 points in the second half, including two big three-pointers that kept the Raptors down double-digits.


Although he was more of a factor early, Marco Belinelli is the obvious choice with a season-high 21 points in a starting role. Pretty tough to find any other Raptors performance that warrants a mention.

Belinelli was the only other player outside of Bosh/Bargnani to score in double-figures for the Raptors, but the majority of his damage (14 points) came in the first quarter.


"We scored enough points to win this game but the defense failed us. That’s one of the things we’ve been good at lately. We’ve been holding teams in the low 40’s (shooting percentage)... The bench wasn’t very good tonight, but that’s because two of them were starting."

- Jay Triano on the loss


Wed., Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN 590)

The Raptors (26-23) try and bounce back at ACC on Wednesday night as they close out a back-to-back against the league's worst team record-wise -- the New Jersey Nets (4-43). The Raptors hammered the Nets 118-95 in their Huskies unis at ACC back on Dec. 18. Toronto appears considerably more banged up this time around as DeMar DeRozan (ankle) and Hedo Turkoglu (fractured orbital bone) both remain day-to-day, while Jose Calderon is questionable after leaving the fourth quarter in Indianapolis with an ankle sprain.

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The Numbers
90 Total points scored by Bargnani, Bosh and Belinelli.
33 Number of free throws made by the Pacers in 35 attempts.
14 Number of consecutive games the Raptors have scored over 100 points -- a franchise-high
4 Number of consecutive games where Chris Bosh has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
41-21 Bench scoring favouring the Pacers
They Said It...
Andrea Bargnani "It doesn’t really matter. They had good balance with their scoring. They were more aggressive than us from the beginning of the game. But like I said it’s real simple, we have to play better defense."
- Andrea Bargnani on his career-high 34 points
Jarrett Jack "Our bigs played great for us. They had darn near 70 points between them. We have to show up and help shoulder the load.”
- Jarrett Jack on the the Bosh-Bargnani duo
Lester Conner "We needed a feel good game. I think everybody had fun. It was fun, especially when you know you’re prepared and ready to go.”
- Pacers assistant coach Lester Conner on the Pacers' victory