NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Toronto|
(Wednesday, October 31st)
Final Score: Indiana 90, Toronto 88
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - George Hill floated home the go-ahead bucket
with 2.1 seconds remaining as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 10-point
fourth-quarter deficit to upend the Toronto Raptors, 90-88, in the season
opener for both teams at Air Canada Centre.
Hill finished with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, while David West carried
the offensive load with a game-high 25 points for the Pacers, who finished
42-24 last season and were beaten in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the
eventual champion Miami Heat.
"West put us on his shoulders and led us to victory," Pacers coach Frank Vogel
said. "They had 10 steals on us in the first half. We just needed to stop
turning the ball over."
Paul George contributed a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while
Roy Hibbert added 14 points and nine boards in the victory.
Kyle Lowry, who was acquired from the Houston Rockets in the offseason, paid
immediate dividends for the Raptors with a team-high 21 points, eight assists
and seven rebounds.
Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points, while Jose Calderon donated 15 points off
the bench in the defeat for Toronto, which finished 23-43 in 2011-12. Jonas
Valanciunas contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Trailing, 84-74, with 5:58 to play, the Pacers fought back with a 14-4 run,
capped by 1-of-2 from the free throw line by Hill, to tie the game at 88-88
with 59.5 seconds remaining.
DeMar DeRozan missed a layup at the other end and Hill clanged a three-pointer
off the back iron on the Pacers' next touch, but the ball was knocked out of
bounds by Toronto, giving the Pacers possession with 22.1 seconds left.
On the final play for the Pacers, Hill took the inbound pass at the top of
the key, went to his left and rolled off a screen into the lane before
floating home a tear drop layup to give Indiana its first lead since early in
the third quarter.
Bargnani got a shot off from the left wing on the final possession, but left
it short, sealing the win for Indiana.
"That was a heartbreaking game, and it hurts to lose, but there were a
lot of positives," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We just have to learn how
to win late in games."
After a tightly played first quarter that featured eight lead changes and five
ties, the Pacers held a 27-25 advantage.
The teams continued to go back and forth in the second quarter, with the
Pacers leading by as many as five, and the Raptors holding a lead as large as
Hibbert hit a turnaround jumper with less than three minutes to go in the
half, making it 46-41, but the Raptors answered with seven of the last nine
points to tie the game at 48 at the half.
With Indiana in front 53-52 early in the third quarter, the Raptors ripped
off a 12-0 run to build an 11-point lead with 6:12 left in the quarter.
The Pacers answered with a 10-3 spurt, capped by a Tyler Hansbrough jumper
with 1:14 left to cut the deficit to 67-63. Ed Davis finished the quarter with
back-to-back buckets for the Raptors, widening the lead to 71-63 heading to
A trey by Calderon with 5:58 left in the fourth gave the Raptors a seemingly
comfortable 10-point advantage.
The Pacers played without forward Danny Granger, who is out indefinitely with
knee soreness ... Lowry was acquired for guard-forward Gary Forbes and a
first-round draft selection ... Indiana shot 47.4 percent from the field,
while Toronto shot just 36.3 percent from the floor ... The Pacers
outrebounded Toronto, 46-42 and shot just 11-of-16 at the free throw line.
10/31 23:31:16 ET