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DeRozan leads Raptors past Pacers

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March 19, 2017 at 8:37 pm.

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 116-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers Sunday night.

It was the second win in a row for the Raptors (41-29).

Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto. DeMarre Carroll and Jakob Poeltl contributed 12 points apiece, Cory Joseph scored 11 points and had nine assists, and Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was the 26th double-double of the season for Valanciunas, which leads the team. Norman Powell also chipped in with 11 points off the bench.

Paul George led the Pacers (35-34) with 18 points. Thaddeus Young and Jeff Teague each scored 16 points and Monta Ellis added 10. Teague also had seven assists.

The Raptors led by 17 points after the first half, by 18 after the third quarter and were ahead by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter.

Ibaka scored 10 points to pace the Raptors to a 32-24 lead after the first quarter. George led Indiana with nine first-quarter points.

The Raptors took a 15-point lead when DeRozan made a 3-point shot from the corner with 6:18 to play in the second quarter.

Toronto led 62-45 after the first half with DeRozan scoring 16 points and Ibaka adding 14 points. George had 12 first-half points to lead the Pacers.

The Raptors shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and Indiana shot 40.5 percent.

Ibaka’s 3-pointer with 7:33 to play in the third quarter pushed Toronto into a 19-point lead.

George picked up his fourth personal foul of the game with 5:21 to play in the third quarter and went to the bench.

Teague converted three free throws with 3:47 left in the quarter to cut the lead to 12 points.

Powell hit a 3-pointer from the corner to end the third quarter with Toronto leading 91-73.

Patrick Patterson made a 3-pointer for Toronto in the first minute of the fourth quarter to bump the lead to 19.

George picked up his fifth foul with 9:13 to play.

Patterson’s 3-pointer increased the lead to 24.

NOTES: The teams had not met since the Raptors eliminated the Pacers in seven games in an opening-round playoff series last season. They play twice more in the regular season, March 31 in Toronto and April 4 at Indiana. …The Raptors returned F Bruno Caboclo and F Pascal Siakam to the Raptors 905 of the Development League. …The Pacers are 24-10 this season at home, fourth best home record in the Eastern Conference. …With the victory Sunday, Toronto has won six straight home games against Indiana during the regular season. …The Raptors play the Chicago Bulls at home Tuesday for their next game. …The Pacers are home Monday to the Utah Jazz.

 

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