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             === Pacers try to stay unbeaten with Raps in town ===
 ( - The Indiana Pacers are the only unbeaten team in the NBA
 and  look to keep  it that way when they host the Toronto Raptors Friday night
 from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time as an NBA franchise and since 1971-72 as
 a  member of the  ABA. They started 5-0 in 1967-68; 6-0 in 1970-71; and 5-0 in
 1971-72 on the way to winning one of their three ABA championships.
 Indiana  improved to  3-0  as  the host  this  season  with Wednesday's  97-80
 drubbing  of  their Central rival Chicago  Bulls, as Paul George continued his
 hot  start to the  season with 21 points and six rebounds. George is fourth in
 the NBA with 25.8 ppg.
 David  West  ended with 17 points  and 13 rebounds, Lance Stephenson scored 15
 points and Luis Scola recorded 12 points for the Pacers, who took advantage of
 18  Chicago turnovers,  leading to  29 points,  and outscored  the Bulls  by a
 lopsided 60-37 margin in the second half.
 The  Pacers,  playing on  the second  night of  a back-to-back  after a win at
 Detroit, had a 34-18 advantage in the fourth quarter.
 "The fourth quarter is when you're supposed to tire," Pacers coach Frank Vogel
 said. "I'm really proud of the effort."
 In  injury  news for Vogel's  squad, guard  George Hill is questionable Friday
 because of a sore left hip. Hill has played just two games this season.
 Toronto  has  lost two in a  row and three of  four games, and is coming off a
 92-90 setback at Charlotte on Wednesday.
 Rudy  Gay led the  charge with 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 14 points for
 the  Raptors,  who received 13  points from Amir Johnson  and 12 points and 10
 rebounds  by Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors dug themselves a hole early on and
 trailed 32-18 after the first quarter.
 "Usually  our defense fuels our offense and we didn't get many stops early on,
 they  made  a lot  of shots  to start  the game off.  We have  to come in more
 defensive  minded," said  Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, who had eight points
 and six assists.
 Surprisingly,  the Raptors  have outrebounded  their opponent  in each  of the
 first five games this season.
 Raptors  forward  Tyler Hansbrough will  face his  former Indiana team for the
 first  time Friday  and was selected by  the Pacers 13th overall in 2009. D.J.
 Augustin also played for the Pacers last season.
 DeRozan leads Toronto with 19.2 ppg.
 Toronto and Indiana split four meetings last season, while the Pacers are 10-5
 in  the past 15  encounters. The Raptors have lost two in a row and nine of 13
 trips to Indy.
 11/08 10:33:53 ET