Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Indiana 108, Toronto 90
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials: #6 Tony Brown, #8 Marc Davis, # Steve Anderson
Attendance: 16524

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George had 35 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 108-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Indiana (38-40), which trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, improved to 7-25 in games in which it has trailed by at least 15 points.

Leading by two though three quarters, the Pacers opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to seize an 88-77 advantage.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors (47-31) with 27 points and DeMarre Carroll added 11.

Jeff Teague added 20 points for Indiana, which is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers moved one half-game of the Miami Heat into eighth place.

The game ended with a brief pushing and shouting sequence after Pacers guard Lance Stephenson opted to make an uncontested layup with 3.3 seconds remaining instead of dribbling out the clock.

Stephenson, DeRozan and Toronto's P.J. Tucker received technical fouls.

Stephenson scored 12 points in his first game back in Indiana with the Pacers.

George scored 18 third-quarter points for the Indiana, helping the Pacers erase an 11-point halftime deficit and lead 77-75 with 12 minutes remaining.

Teague's 3-pointer with 8:41 remaining in the third quarter gave Indiana a 58-57 lead, its first of the game. George had 29 points and nine rebounds through 36 minutes. The Pacers' 37-point third quarter was their second best of the season.

DeRozan scored 20 of Toronto's 24 third-quarter points and had 25 at that point.

The Raptors shot 50 percent from the field (19 of 38) during the first half and outrebounded the Pacers 20-12 in building a 51-40 lead through 24 minutes.

Indiana, which trailed by as many as 19 points in the opening two quarters, made only four of its first 20 shots from the field and never led in the first two quarters. The Pacers shot 34.9 percent (15 of 43) in the first half.

Carroll and Valanciunas each scored eight first-half points for Toronto. George had 11 points and five rebounds for the Pacers.

NOTES: Indiana played without C Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) and G/F Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf). ... Toronto F P.J. Tucker (sore left knee) was questionable but did play. ... Before playing the Raptors, Indiana was 1-6, allowing at least 109 points in each of the six losses. ... In March, Indiana F Paul George averaged 26.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. ... Toronto has locked up home-court advantage for the opening round of the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. ... Since the NBA All-Star, the Raptors ranks third in defense, allowing only 99.3 points. ... Toronto coach Dwane Casey was an assistant for Indiana coach Nate McMillan in Seattle for five seasons (2000-2005).
Top Game Performances
 
Toronto   Indiana
DeMar DeRozan 27 Scoring Paul George 35
Delon Wright 4 Assists Jeff Teague 6
Serge Ibaka 10 Rebounds Thaddeus Young 11
DeMar DeRozan 9 Free Throws Made Jeff Teague 8
DeMar DeRozan 3 Steals Monta Ellis 2
Jakob Poeltl 2 Blocks Monta Ellis 2
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Toronto 90 44.7 5-23 17-19 11 40 5 7 14
Indiana 108 43.8 12-25 18-18 16 43 4 7 11
Upcoming Games
  • Indiana will play their next game at home against Milwaukee. The Pacers have a W/L % of .405 after a win and .561 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Raptors have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .613 after a loss.