Raptors rout Pacers 116-91 in first meeting since playoffs
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By Daniel Girard, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in three quarters, and all five Toronto starters were in double figures as the Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 116-91 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
DeRozan added four assists and three rebounds and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter as the Raptors cruised to their second straight victory. Serge Ibaka had 16 points, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 41-29.
Paul George had 18 points and Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young added 16 apiece for the Pacers, who lost to Toronto for the eighth time in the last nine regular-season meetings.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year's first-round playoff series, which was won by Toronto. They face each other twice more over the next two weeks.
The Raptors took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and were ahead 62-45 after two quarters, their largest halftime lead in more than two months.
Toronto took a 91-73 lead into the final 12 minutes, as rookie center Jakob Poeltl had six points in the third quarter. The Raptors bench outscored their Indiana counterparts 13-7 in the period.
DeRozan led all scorers in the opening half, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, including converting the only three-pointer he attempted, on the way to 16 points. The Raptors were 6-for-15 on three’s in the first half, while the Pacers hit just 2-of-11 from deep.
Toronto led 32-24 after the first quarter, shooting 54 percent from the field to Indiana's 39 percent. The Raptors also out-rebounded the Pacers 20-5 in the opening 12 minutes.
Valanciunas set the tone for the Raptors with eight points and nine rebounds in the opening quarter, while Ibaka made 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including a pair of triples, for 10 points.
Pacers: The Pacers have lost six consecutive regular-season road games in Toronto. Indiana came in ranked #8 in the NBA in three-point percentage at 37 percent. The Pacers are 7-15 when scoring fewer than 100 points.
Raptors: Valanciunas had his team-leading 26th double-double of the season. Toronto dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Indiana 51-33. The Raptors had 12 three’s, while the Pacers had just six.
Pacers: Indiana returns home to take on Utah on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), having lost three straight to the Jazz.
Raptors: Toronto hosts Chicago on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) looking to end an 11-game losing streak to the Bulls.