NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Toronto
(Friday, February 29th)
Final Score: Indiana 122, Toronto 111
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Dunleavy matched a career-high with 36 points as Indiana downed a short-handed Toronto team, 122-111, at the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors lost All-Star forward Chris Bosh late in the first quarter to a sore right knee.
Kareem Rush added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who snapped a three-game skid. Troy Murphy chipped in with 18 points and eight boards, while Stephen Graham had 16 points off the bench.
"I just tried to stay aggressive the whole night," Dunleavy said. "I was just keeping my eye on the rim and I made some shots and put up a lot of points which was big."
Andrea Bargnani finished with 27 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for the Raptors, who lost for just the second time in seven games. Anthony Parker netted 25 points and T.J. Ford deposited 15 points and dished out nine assists.
"They made shots, they penetrated," Ford said. "I think they played a good game. We made a run and they came back to withstand it."
Indiana entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point edge and was never seriously threatened.
Bargnani stroked a three to draw the Raptors within six points, 96-90, with 8:19 left in the game but the Pacers quickly answered. Murphy buried a three of his own and Dunleavy followed with another triple to give Indiana a comfortable 102-90 advantage with 6:12 remaining.
Toronto never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way as the Pacers coasted to the finish line.
The Pacers raced out to a 32-22 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and continued to play front-runner at intermission, 61-54.
The Raptors made a bit of a push in the third quarter but Dunleavy helped keep them at bay with 16 points in the frame and Indiana took a 89-81 edge into the final frame.
Jose Calderon had 13 points and 11 assists for the Raptors...Dunleavy finished 6-of-9 from three-point range in the game...Bosh had seven points and five rebounds before leaving. A team spokesman said the All-Star tweaked his knee in Monday's win over Indiana and also felt sore after Wednesday's win over Minnesota. Bosh came into the game averaging 22.9 points and 8.9 rebounds in 51 games this season...Indiana was without star forward Danny Granger, who was suspended earlier Friday for one game without pay after striking Chicago's Andres Nocioni in the face during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's contest.
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