The Toronto Raptors visited the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, but they couldn't manage to hand Indiana their second home loss of the year as the Pacers reigned 86-79.
Roy Hibbert imposed his will on both ends with 22 points, eight rebounds (four offensive) and three blocks. Lance Stephenson missed out on a triple-double with 13 points, 10 boards and eight dimes. Paul George struggled with foul trouble and managed just 11 points, but Danny Granger shined yet again with 13 points in 32 minutes as a reserve.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 28 points. He was simply ridiculous in the third quarter while his teammates were ridiculously absent. DeRozan scored 17 points in the final 10 minutes of that frame as all other Raptors recorded exactly zero points. Kyle Lowry finished with 16 points, and Patrick Patterson excelled with 20.
Though the Pacers outshot (43 to 37 percent) and out-rebounded (53-36) the Raptors, it was a two-possession game until inside of 20 seconds. Indy couldn't find much consistency on offense as George struggled and Stephenson went quiet in the second half, but their imposing bigs were enough to rule the day.
The Raptors fall below .500 to 16-17, while the Pacers improve their top position in the conference at 28-6.
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