NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Indiana
(Tuesday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Indiana 130, Toronto 115
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger poured in 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked three shots, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 130-115, splitting a home-and-home set at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Troy Murphy made 8-of-12 shots from the field on his way to 20 points while pulling down 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who were beaten by the Raptors, 117-102, on Sunday in Toronto. Roy Hibbert donated 18 points and nine boards while Earl Watson chipped in 15 points and 11 assists for Indiana, which snapped a three-game skid.
"I thought the guys for the most part played hard and played smart," Pacers assistant coach Lester Conner said. "Our bench came in and did well. We had seven guys in double figures, which means we were sharing the ball and moving the ball."
Indiana head coach Jim O'Brien missed the game due to attending a family funeral.
Chris Bosh finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who had a five-game winning streak come to an end. Andrea Bargnani had a career-high 34 points while Marco Belinelli tallied 21 points and five rebounds for Toronto, which has eclipsed the 100-point mark in 14 straight games.
The Pacers started the third on a 23-8 burst to take control of the contest. Brandon Rush tallied 10 points during the run, including a trey to make it an 81-61 game with less than seven minutes remaining. The score was 100-86 after three periods.
Indiana used a brief 9-2 burst to begin the fourth. Luther Head's three- pointer had the Pacers ahead 109-88 with less than 10 minutes to go.
The Raptors never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
"We played terrible defense tonight," Bargnani said. "Look at how many points they scored. They scored 130. We played terrible but you have to give them credit. They played really good."
Down 22-15 near the midway point of the first quarter, the Raptors went on a 14-4 run to take a three-point lead. Bosh tallied eight points during the spurt, including a jumper to make it 29-26 with 1:45 remaining. Toronto held a 34-32 margin after 12 minutes.
Indiana used an 11-2 burst in the latter stages of the second to build a 12- point lead. Head's trey had the Pacers in front 54-42 with less than 2 1/2 minutes to go.
The Raptors, though, closed the half on an 11-4 flurry to cut the deficit to five. Bosh had six points during the stretch that he capped off with a jumper to make it 58-53 at the break.
Toronto and Indiana split four meetings this year...Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu missed the game with a broken right orbital bone...Indiana snapped a four-game skid at home...The Pacers shot 52.4 percent from the field, while the Raptors made 44.6 percent of their shots.
02/02 23:43:11 ET