Raptors deliver finishing blow to outlast Pacers

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors in outlasting the Indiana Pacers, 102-94 Friday at Air Canada Centre.

Terrence Ross top scored with 24 points and had five boards while DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and added nine assists for the Raptors.

The opening quarter, which had 10 lead changes with neither team leading by more than four, ended with the Pacers taking a 28-27 advantage.

Chuck Hayes and Tyler Hansbrough combined for a 5-0 Raptors run to start the second that earned Toronto a 33-28 lead.

They maintained the lead until midway in the quarter when a Donald Sloan layup and a Roy Hibbert jumper tied the game at 39.

But the Raptors had a 15-5 run that led to a 54-46 halftime lead.

The Raptors led for almost the entire third until Paul George scored six unanswered points with 1:45 left in the period to tie the game twice.

The last quarter was back-and-forth until the Raptors blanked the Pacers 10-0 in the last four minutes with Valanciunas scoring four.

George had 26 points to lead the Pacers and David West added 21.

The Raptors have six games to go in their quest for the Atlantic Division title.

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