NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 31st (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (16-31) at Toronto Raptors (25-22), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors shoot for their fifth straight win when they open a home-and-home series Sunday versus the Indiana Pacers at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto, which will then head to Indy on Tuesday, is coming off a 106-104 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden thanks to Jarrett Jack's go-ahead basket with 50.2 seconds remaining in the game. Chris Bosh scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Raptors, who currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Hedo Turkoglu added a season-high 26 points and 11 boards in the win.
"I had the ball in my hands. Tonight I was able to get the ball early and be more aggressive," said Turkoglu.
The Raptors have eclipsed the 100-point mark in 12 straight games and own a 16-6 ledger at home this season.
Indiana has lost two straight and six of its last eight games, including Friday's 94-73 setback versus the Cleveland Cavaliers at Conseco Fieldhouse. LeBron James had 22 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds and four blocked shots against a Pacers squad led by Danny Granger's 13 points.
Granger also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 12 points and six rebounds from Brandon Rush. Dahntay Jones chipped in 11 points in defeat.
"We tried our best and it just wasn't good enough," Jones said. "We got some stops and kept it fairly close for a while. We are a step or two away from getting things together and being the kind of basketball team that we want to be."
The Pacers are 6-18 as the guest and have split two meetings with Toronto this season. Indiana has won four of the previous seven encounters with the Raptors, who have beaten the Pacers three straight times at home.
01/31 10:31:35 ET