The Toronto Raptors finally got back to .500 with a 95-82 victory over the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers, on Wednesday night.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals while Kyle Lowry scored 13 points, dished out 14 assists, grabbed four rebounds and recorded two steals. Terrence Ross added 18 points on six-of-12 shooting.
The Pacers had a very poor night offensively. Only Paul George (16 points), Roy Hibbert (12) and Danny Granger (11) were in double figures. As a team the Pacers shot 32-of-74 from the field, made only five three-pointers, missed seven of their 20 free throws and turned the ball over 23 times, resulting in 32 Raptors’ points.
“We beat ourselves,” Hibbert told reporters after the game. “We turned the ball over, we weren’t doing our defensive assignments. They were the better team tonight, I can honestly say that.”
Despite their struggles, David West tied the game at 74 on a three-footer with 6:58 to play. The Raptors answered with a 10-1 run that essentially put the game away.
The Raptors are 15-15 while the Pacers are 25-6.