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NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Indiana



(Monday, February 25th)

Final Score: Toronto 102, Indiana 98

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Carlos Delfino came off the bench to drop 23, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Indiana Pacers, 102-98, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Bosh was 7-for-15 shooting, 10-of-10 at the free-throw line and also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Delfino drained six of his seven three-point attempts in helping the Raptors to a fourth win in five outings.

T.J. Ford spelled an ineffective Jose Calderon at point guard and scored 16 points while handing out seven assists in just 26-plus minutes.

"With our guys getting healthy, I think we now have a second-team punch with T.J. getting in shape and getting into rhythm," Delfino said. "It opens things up for us offensively and it sure can change our game as the second team. We are lucky to have (Ford) and it's nice to have him back from injury and that we have both he and Jose to open up our offense."

Danny Granger and Marquis Daniels scored 20 points apiece to lead Indiana, which fell for the fifth time in its last six games. The Pacers shot 42.5 percent from the floor, 93 percent at the line, and forced 17 Toronto turnovers, but fell behind early in the fourth and couldn't recover.

Daniels scored four straight points to pull Indy back within three, at 101-98 with just over 30 seconds to go, and the Pacers then opted not to foul on the ensuing defensive trip.

The strategy paid off when Ford missed on a running finger roll and Granger grabbed the rebound, giving Indiana an opportunity to tie with 18.9 ticks on the clock. But Kareem Rush's right-wing three was long, and Anthony Parker secured the rebound and hit one-of-two from the foul line to ensure the victory for the Raptors.

Parker finished with eight points and 11 boards, while Jason Kapono and Jamario Moon had nine apiece for the Raptors, who shot 47.9 percent as a team.

Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy each went for 17 for Indiana, while Rush finished with 13.

"We really competed our hearts out in the second half," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said. "We played a good basketball team, never gave up and it was a disappointing basketball game."

Indy led by as many as 13 during the opening quarter, and took a 30-19 lead to the second. But Toronto opened the second on a 10-0 burst to pull within one, and took its first lead at 41-40 on a pair of free throws from Ford with 4:49 to go before the half.

Kapono's jumper extended the Raptors advantage to 50-43, and Toronto took a 54-46 lead into the halftime break.

A 12-4 Pacers run, capped by a driving bucket from Daniels, tied the game at 69 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third. Indy took a short-lived two-point lead, as Daniels scored six more in a row, but it was knotted at 77 going to the fourth thanks to a pair of free throws from Delfino in the waning seconds.

The scoring see-sawed for much of the opening six minutes of the fourth, but Ford hit a jumper and Bosh knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Raptors some breathing room, 91-86, with just under six to go.

Delfino's three just ahead of the four-minute mark had Toronto up 97-88.

Game Notes

Bosh recorded his 23rd double-double of the season, helping Toronto outrebound the Pacers, 46-39...Indiana shot 10-for-27 from three-point range, with Granger going 4-for-8 and Rush hitting 3-of-6; Dunleavy, however, was just 1- for-5...Toronto won for just the fourth time in its last 12 trips to Conseco.

02/25 22:35:40 ET


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