Pacers Fall in Toronto
Al Jefferson and the Indiana Pacers traveled to Toronto looking to break their streak of 12 straight games alternating wins and losses, but left with a 116-91 loss to the Raptors.
Big Al was active for three minutes but didn’t register a mark in the box score.
The Pacers held an early 12-7 lead, but an 11-1 run by the Raptors in the latter half of the first opened a nine-point lead that Toronto never looked back from. Indiana cut what had been a double-digit lead to nine with 2:47 until halftime, but the Raptors scored the last eight points of the half to build a 17-point lead at the break.
The Toronto advantage never went below 11 the rest of the way and Toronto was able to cruise to victory.
Seven players scored at least 11 points for Toronto, who shot 49.5 percent from the field.
“Our motor tonight, in a game that’s as important as tonight’s game and the rest of the season, I don’t have an explanation for that,” said Nate McMillan about his team’s performance.
The Pacers were outrebounded 51-33, including being beaten for 14 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second chance Toronto points.
Indiana set a franchise record with their 13th straight game alternating wins and losses.
EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS (3/20)
- x – Cleveland Cavaliers (46-23)
- Boston Celtics (44-26) 2.5 GB
- Washington Wizards (42-27) 4 GB
- Toronto Raptors (41-29) 5.5 GB
- Atlanta Hawks (37-32) 9 GB
- Indiana Pacers (35-34) 11 GB
- Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) 12 GB
- Detroit Pistons (34-36) 12.5 GB
x – Clinched playoff berth
The Pacers play the Utah Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST.