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   === Gay lifts Raptors in OT, ends Pacers' 15-game home winning streak ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN  (Sports Network) -  Few teams  have had the Indiana Pacers'
 number at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, but the Toronto Raptors haven't
 had many problems there at all.
 
 Rudy  Gay's go-ahead  jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the
 Raptors  to their second triumph in Indianapolis this season, a 100-98 victory
 that ended the Pacers' 15-game home winning streak.
 
 Gay  finished with  23 points and DeMar  DeRozan had 22 to help Toronto, which
 dealt  Indiana  a 74-72 defeat  at Bankers Life Fieldhouse  on Nov. 13, halt a
 two-game  skid.  Amir Johnson and  Jonas Valanciunas notched double-doubles in
 the  win, with  Johnson amassing  14 points  and 14  rebounds and  Valanciunas
 pulling down 13 boards in addition to 14 points.
 
 Johnson  also sent  the game into extra time  with a putback off a Gay miss an
 eyelash before the final horn sounded in regulation.
 
 "In the end, our guys hung in there," said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. "No
 one said this process was going to be easy."
 
 The Central Division-leading Pacers suffered their first setback at home since
 a 92-89 ousting by Denver on Dec. 7 despite a 30-point night out of David West
 and  a  26-point, 14-rebound performance from  Paul George. Indiana also had a
 season-high five-game overall win streak halted.
 
 Down for most of the game and facing a 72-64 deficit after three quarters, the
 Raptors  roared back via  a 10-0 run in which Gay netted the final six points,
 with  the  recent acquisition burying a  jumper that put Toronto up 74-72 with
 just under eight minutes left in regulation.
 
 The  Raptors were up  by one with just over three minutes to go, before an 8-2
 Indiana  spurt that  featured 3-pointers  from  George and  George Hill  which
 staked the Pacers to an 85-80 lead.
 
 Toronto  would  fight  back  once  more, though,  with  Gay  throwing  down  a
 thunderous  dunk  with 11.3 seconds  on the  fourth-quarter clock to bring his
 team  within 88-86. After two West free throws that were answered by a Johnson
 tip-in, Gay gave the Raptors a chance to win or tie by stealing an errant pass
 by West with 5.9 seconds showing.
 
 Johnson  then drove  the lane  and threw  up a  shot that  caromed wildly  off
 the backboard. He was able to haul in the rebound, however, and get off a shot
 that found the net as time expired to forge a 90-90 deadlock.
 
 "I  was looking to  get it back to [Gay] but he had fallen down," said Johnson
 of  the play. "As  soon as I missed the first shot I glanced at the game clock
 and saw that it said point-three [seconds], so I just threw it back up."
 
 Lance  Stephenson's  triple with  2:06 left in  OT sent the  Pacers ahead by a
 97-96  score, but  Valanciunas' second-chance bucket on the ensuing possession
 gave  Toronto back the  lead. Hill was then fouled with 1:30 to play, but made
 just 1-of-2 from the stripe to tie it at 98-98.
 
 The  Pacers, who committed 18 turnovers on the night, had two giveaways in the
 final  minute of  overtime  and Toronto  capitalized on  the  final miscue,  a
 mishandle by Hill with 10.1 seconds remaining.
 
 Following  a timeout,  Gay got the ball and calmly drained a 15-foot step-back
 shot  with a defender in his face for the deciding points, with George's final
 attempt rimming out as the horn sounded.
 
 "We just didn't make some smart plays," said West of the Pacers' play down the
 stretch.  "We lost  an  assignment on  the  initial basket  (and)  I was  just
 careless with the ball. We just weren't able to close the game the right way."
 
 Indiana  assumed  early control of the  contest with a 10-2 second-quarter run
 sparked  mainly  by its reserves,  with the  burst turning a one-point deficit
 into  a 37-30 lead nearing the midway mark of the frame. The Pacers were ahead
 by  as many as nine points in the first half, but went into the break up 51-44
 after DeRozan knocked down a midrange jumper at the buzzer.
 
 The  Pacers  would stay  in front  through the entire  third quarter, with the
 margin  getting  as high as  11 when  a West layup  with 7:20 remaining in the
 session  made the  score 63-52.  Indiana's defense  held the  Raptors to  33.3
 percent  shooting  for the period  as well, enabling the  home team to take an
 eight-point margin at 72-64 into the final 12 minutes.
 
 George  poured in 15 points on a 5-of-7 success rate from the field during the
 opening quarter, though the Pacers held just a 26-25 edge at period's end.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Indiana  fell to 20-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the season ... Toronto had
 dropped  seven in  a row  in Indianapolis  prior to  its two-point  victory in
 November  ... Raptors  forward Andrea  Bargnani  scored 14  points on  7-of-10
 shooting  in  his second game  back after missing  26 straight outings with an
 elbow  injury,  helping Toronto to a  37-16 advantage in bench scoring ... The
 Raptors  improved to  2-5 in overtime games this season, while the Pacers fell
 to 2-2 under such conditions.
 
 02/09 00:04:31 ET