NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Indiana
(Monday, January 11th)
Final Score: Indiana 105, Toronto 101
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with 23 points, as the Indiana Pacers overcame a big deficit to top the Toronto Raptors, 105-101, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Toronto's lead reached 23 in the second quarter, but the Pacers closed the half strong and were within 13 at the break. The Raptors then shot only 20.6 percent in the second half, making just seven field goals, allowing Indiana to overtake the lead to snap a two-game slide.
Six Pacers finished in double-figure scoring, including Troy Murphy, who had 20 points and 16 rebounds. A.J. Price and Mike Dunleavy added 16 and 15 points, respectively, off the bench.
"My numbers are good but this makes it even better because we are coming off of a good win," Murphy said. "Our total team really worked hard tonight to come back from 20-plus points down."
Chris Bosh had 27 points and 10 boards to record his NBA-best 28th double- double of the season, but Toronto lost its second straight after winning eight of the previous nine. Andrea Bargnani had 17 rebounds and 12 points in the loss.
Hedo Turkoglu's layup with 4:21 left in the first half ended a six-point Toronto burst to make it a 59-36 game. But the Pacers scored the next seven to start a 16-3 run, while Toronto's Antoine Wright hit a three at the buzzer to put the Raptors up 65-52 at halftime.
Indiana trimmed its deficit to single digits a few minutes into the third quarter, during a 9-1 run. Solomon Jones capped that rally with a layup to get the Pacers within 69-63 with under eight minutes left in the frame.
The Pacers never actually led in the third, but turned the game into a tight affair and were down 84-78 moving to the fourth.
Price scored the last five in a seven-point burst that got Indiana within 86-85 less than two minutes into the final quarter, and the Pacers moved in front with under six minutes to go. Dunleavy and Earl Watson drained back-to- back threes for a 95-92 edge.
"[The] Pacers are a high-powered offensive team," said Toronto guard Jarrett Jack. "We knew they were capable of making a comeback like that. The next time we play them we just have to know that we have to do a better job of locking down on them and the game is not over until the final buzzer goes off."
The Pacers didn't trail again, though it was tight down the stretch. After Toronto got within a point, Price drained a big three from the left corner for a 100-96 edge with 1:16 left.
The teams traded points, and Bargnani's put-back got the Raptors within 102-100 with 16.8 seconds left. Indiana then had a call go its way on an inbound pass. Granger got possession of the ball as he was falling out of bounds, and tossed the ball off the Raptors' Sonny Weems before he landed. The initial call gave possession to Indiana, though the referees met to review the play.
Replays showed Granger may have had his left foot just over the line as he grabbed the ball, but possession remained with the Pacers.
Murphy followed by making his first free throw, but missed the second to make it 103-100 and give Toronto life. But after Bosh went to the line with 5.3 to play, he made just 1-of-2, and Dunleavy sank both his attempts at the other end to seal the victory.
Toronto held a 30-22 lead after the first quarter, and ran off 12 consecutive points shortly into the second to expand the advantage to 45-24.
The Raptors made six three-pointers, extending their streak of games with at least one long distance shot made to 899...Watson had 11 points and eight assists for the Pacers, while Jones finished with 10 points and nine boards...Jose Calderon had 12 points and six assists for Toronto. Turkoglu shot 2-for-9 and ended with 10 points.
01/12 00:33:13 ET