NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Toronto
(Sunday, January 31st)
Final Score: Toronto 117, Indiana 102
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh poured in 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out seven assists, as the Toronto Raptors used a late surge to fend off the Indiana Pacers, 117-102, in the opener of a home-and- home set at Air Canada Centre.
Andrea Bargnani added 17 points for the Raptors, who have won five in a row. Jarrett Jack donated 16 points and six assists against his former team. Antoine Wright ended with 15 points and six boards off the bench for Toronto, which has eclipsed the 100-point mark in 13 straight games.
"In order to win it [the division], we have to keep playing consistently and not take anyone lightly," Bosh said.
Luther Head finished with 15 points off the bench for the Pacers, who have dropped three straight and seven of nine overall. Troy Murphy and Brandon Rush each chipped in 14 points. Murphy also had eight rebounds for Indiana, which dropped to 6-19 as the guest this season.
These two teams will complete the home-and-home series in Indiana on Tuesday.
The Pacers started the fourth on an 11-2 run to deadlock the contest. Head scored seven points during the flurry, including a trey to deadlock things at 97 with eight minutes to play.
It was all Raptors from that point on, as Toronto finished the game on a 20-5 burst to claim victory. Bosh had eight points during the flurry that Wright capped with a three-pointer in the final seconds.
Trailing 14-10 with seven minutes left in the first quarter, the Raptors ripped off 11 straight points. Bosh's layup had Toronto in front 21-14 with less than five minutes remaining. The Raptors held a 32-29 edge after 12 minutes.
The second period was a back-and-forth battle that saw Toronto take a 63-59 margin into the locker room.
Ahead 67-66 with 10 minutes remaining in the third, Toronto went on a 22-7 burst to build a large margin. Bosh tallied 10 points during the spurt, including a jumper to make it 89-73 with 4:45 to go.
Danny Granger and Head each made three-pointers at the end of the quarter to cut the gap to 95-86 heading to the fourth.
"He played like he normally does," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said of Bosh. "We just didn't defend him well. He knows how to win. He is just a great player."
The Raptors improved to 17-6 at home this season...Indiana has lost four in a row in Toronto...Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu took an elbow to the right eye from Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy at the 10:59 mark of the first quarter. Turkoglu did not return to the contest. He sustained a small, non-displaced fracture of the orbital bone under his right eye. Turkoglu will undergo further evaluation Monday, and options will be explored for a protective face mask...Sonny Weems had 13 points and six rebounds, while Jose Calderon and Amir Johnson had 12 points apiece for the Raptors...Granger had just eight points for Indiana.
01/31 22:16:15 ET