Behind 22 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists from big man Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Toronto Raptors 86-79 Tuesday night.
The Pacers were in control for most of the night, but the Raptors threatened to make a game of it on a Patrick Patterson three-pointer that cut the lead to six with just 2:51 to play. After two Hibbert free throws, the Pacers cut it back to six on a Patterson jumper with 2:15 left, but the Pacers held the Raptors without a field goal for the remainder of the game, hanging on for the victory.
Offense obviously wasn’t a strong suit for either team – the Pacers shot 42.7% (32-of-75) and made only one three-pointer (on 11 attempts). The Raptors shot just 37.0% (30-of-81) from the field.
Lance Stephenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Luis Scola added eight points and nine rebounds off of the bench while Danny Granger had 13 points and six rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 28 points for the Raptors. Patterson had 20 points and six rebounds and Kyle Lowry chipped in 16 points.
The Pacers are now 28-6 and the Raptors are 16-17.