Stephenson's late flurry leads Pacers over Raptors, 107-104
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 25, 2017 12:40 PM
Lance Stephenson NBA file photo
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Victor Oladipo scored 21 points, Bojan Bogdonavic added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 107-104 Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Lance Stephenson had 13 of his 18 points in the final five minutes and shot 7-for-9 from the field, including 4- for-4 from three-point range. Stephenson hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Indiana a 103-92 lead with 4:06 remaining.
Indiana won its fifth straight after a four-game losing streak early in the season.
Indiana outscored the Raptors 31-20 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead, and Stephenson took over from there. He connected on six of his final seven field goal attempts, including the back-to-back three-pointers that gave Indiana its largest lead of the half.
Kyle Lowry scored 12 of his 24 points in the second quarter as Toronto outscored Indiana 35-21, giving the Raptors a 60-50 halftime lead.
Toronto had a chance to tie after Myles Turner missed the second of two free throw attempts with six seconds remaining, but Fred VanVleet's three-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the backboard.
Turner finished seven points and a team-best 10 rebounds, and VanVleet had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes off the bench.
Indiana opened the game shooting 9-for-13 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point range, but a string of turnovers and poor transition defense allowed Toronto to close the quarter on an 11-2 run.
Raptors: Forward CJ Miles did not travel with the team after his wife gave birth to a girl Thursday evening (Friday, PHL time). ... Toronto outrebounded Indiana 42-41 and shot nearly 50 percent from the field, but struggled from three-point range, making just 9-of-30 attempts.
Pacers: Indiana entered the game leading the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting 40.4 percent from behind the arc. ... Domantis Sobonis added 13 points and six rebounds despite a poor shooting night. Sabonis shot just 2-for-10 from the field, but was 9-for-12 from the free throw line. ... Indiana improved to 9-2 when making at least 10 three-pointers. The Pacers were 11-for-26 behind the arc.
Raptors: Close out a three-game road trip at Atlanta on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Pacers: Host Boston on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).