The Toronto Raptors entered Wednesday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers having won three in a row and five of their last six. While that was impressive, the biggest test would be taking on the NBA's best team on the second night of a back-to-back. The game was close throughout, but when it got late in the game, the Raptors not only proved they were up to the challenge, but they send a message to the Pacers. The Raptors pulled away late, going on to the 95-82 victory. The Raptors have now won four straight games and six of their last seven. They move to 15-15 on the season and are .500 after 30 games for the first time since 2010. They lead the Atlantic Division by two and a half games. The Pacers fall to 25-6 with the loss.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- DeMar DeRozan was the game's high-scorer with 26 points. He struggled to find his shot, going 9-24 from the field, but he came up big in the fourth quarter sealing the victory for the Raptors. DeRozan also added nine rebounds.
- DeRozan passed Jose Calderon for fifth on the Raptors all-time scoring list. He now has 5,239 points as a member of the Raptors.
- Raptors guard Terrence Ross had 18 points on 6-12 shooting. Ross played a solid game, but what was most impressive is his defense on Pacers star Paul George. Despite having a height disadvantage, Ross played tight defense on George, forcing him to take tough shots and make poor decisions.
- Kyle Lowry had another double-double with 13 points and 14 assists. It is his third double-double in the last four games and 22nd straight game with six or more assists. Lowry also took another two charges on the night, one late in the fourth quarter.
- The Pacers turned the ball over a season-high 23 times. The Raptors continued to pressure the ball and did a solid job getting back on defense.
- Big man Roy Hibbert led the way for the Pacers with 16 points and three rebounds. Hibbert was involved early and often, but was limited in the second half due to foul trouble. He would later foul out in the fourth quarter.
- Paul George had 12 points on 5-14 shooting. He also turned the ball over six times. Although George didn't play a great game, a lot of this can be attributed to the defense of Terrence Ross.
- Danny Granger poured in 11 points off the bench for the Pacers. The bench as a whole scored 31 points.
The Raptors are playing like a team and it shows. In the last two weeks they have beat the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers. They have also taken care of Division games, by beating the New York Knicks twice. At this point, the team's confidence is very high and they feel like they can beat anyone.
NEXT GAME: Friday, January 3 @ Washington Wizards. 7 pm. ET.
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