Season-High for Big Al

The Pacers faced The Toronto Raptors, one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, last night at Bakers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana put up a good fight during this physical game, but unfortunately they fell to the Raptors, 106-99. Even though they lost, Al Jefferson played like he did in his prime and scored a season-high 20 points.

Toronto came out strong in the first quarter and got an early lead, but No. 25 came in the game and helped the Pacers come back. Big Al was on fire, and he scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds in the first half.

With 15 points, Big Al was leading the Pacers at the half. Al is a 14-year veteran, and he credits his younger teammates for helping him stay ready to play.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the young guys,” Jefferson said. “We spent a lot of time playing four-on-four, five-on-five every day, the extra cardio that I do every day [kept me ready].”

Before the game Big Al said, he was going to “just do my part the best way I can,” and he definitely delivered. Jefferson ended the game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. This was Big Al’s first double-double of the season. With Turner and Sabonis out with ankle injuries, Jefferson is likely to have an increased role for the next couple games.

The Pacers travel to Washington next to face the Wizards on Saturday, March 17 at 7pm ET.

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