The red-hot Indiana Pacers looked to pad their lead in the Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday night, when they squared off with the streaking Toronto Raptors. The Pacers had won five straight and faced a Raptors squad that was looking to maintain its momentum after winning five of its past six.
The Pacers held the lead into the third quarter, but the Raptors came surging back behind the stellar shooting of DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, who scored 26 and 18 points, respectively. Without defensive specialist Roy Hibbert, who fouled out early in the fourth, Toronto was able to pull away for the 95-82 win.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry tallied a season-high 14 assists, while Paul George contributed just 12 points to the losing effort. Toronto has now improved its record to .500 and sits atop the Atlantic division.