NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Indiana
(Friday, December 14th)
Final Score: Toronto 104, Indiana 93
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jason Kapono scored a career-high 29 points - 17 of them in the fourth quarter - to key the Toronto Raptors' 104-93 comeback win over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds for Toronto, which overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit to win its fourth in a row. Jose Calderon scored 18 and dished out 16 assists and Kris Humphries chipped in 17 points.
The Raptors played their second straight game without guard T.J. Ford, who suffered a neck injury in the team's win over Atlanta on Tuesday.
Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points to lead the Pacers, who continued their inconsistent play of late. Indiana has alternated wins and losses for the past eight games, beating Chicago by 15 points on Wednesday.
Jamaal Tinsley finished with 19 points and 10 assists, and Danny Granger scored 15 with nine boards for Indiana, which scored three points in the final five minutes.
The Raptors went down by four after Jermaine O'Neal dunked the ball with 4:56 left in the game. But then Calderon drove into the lane for a layup and made a three on back-to-back possessions, giving the Raptors a 91-90 edge.
That started an 18-3 Toronto run to end the game, in which Kapono made a pair of threes and five free throws. The breaking point appeared to come with just over one minute remaining with Toronto ahead by nine, when Kapono attempted a three-pointer from the left side of the arc.
Dunleavy was whistled for a foul on the shot, and O'Neal was also whistled for a technical foul on the play, giving Kapono four free throws. He made them all to put the Raptors up 103-90.
"We left the door open, and all of a sudden with their run we found ourselves down," Granger said. "We've just got to do a better job on defense and stop these fourth quarter collapses."
Indiana grabbed the early advantage, and led by as many as nine. O'Neal made a jumper to put the score at 14-5. But the Raptors trimmed the deficit and went into the second quarter trailing 25-21, mostly thanks to Bosh, who had 13 points in the stanza.
Toronto used the beginning stages of the second quarter to tie the game up, making six consecutive shots without a miss. Kapono made two in a row, and Juan Dixon capped the hot streak with a jumper almost midway through the stanza, knotting the game at 34.
But from there, the Raptors went stone cold for more than three minutes, missing four straight shots and turning the ball over four times. The Pacers took advantage, building a quick lead on three-point shots.
Granger, Dunleavy, and Tinsley all made one apiece, helping Indiana to a 45-34 lead with 3:34 left. The Pacers held the lead and went into half up 52-41.
The Pacers drove up their lead to 66-49, when David Harrison made a jumper with 7:35 left in the third quarter. But Toronto scored the next 11 points to squelch the Pacers' potential runaway.
"We just tried to keep raising our energy level," Bosh said. "(Kapono) really shot the ball well tonight. As a matter of fact, he's been shooting the ball well all week. We just decided we'd hit the boards and when they defensively collapsed in the paint, it really opened up our outside game."
Calderon had six points, and capped the run with a pair of free throws, bringing the Raptors within 66-60. Toronto entered the fourth quarter with the same deficit, trailing 75-69.
The Raptors used the first three minutes of the final stanza to erase the deficit and take the lead. They finally did so when Kapono hit one of his six three-pointers of the game to put his team ahead, 81-80.
Indiana got to the free throw line just 10 times, making six of them...Toronto made 20-of-23 free throws...The Raptors host Boston on Sunday before heading out on a seven-game road trip...The Pacers begin a two-game road trip Saturday at Miami.
12/15 00:47:50 ET