Ibaka scores season-high 25, Raptors beat Pacers 92-73
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 07, 2018 10:05 AM
FILE - Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) reacts after making a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 92-73 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), clinching first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.
Jakbo Poeltl scored 10 points as the Raptors set franchise records for wins in a season (57) and home wins (33).
Kyle Lowry had nine points and nine assists, and Jonas Valanciunas added 12 rebounds for Toronto, which never trailed in its ninth consecutive home victory over the Pacers. Indiana last won north of the border on March 1, 2013.
Indiana came in after completing a season sweep of reigning NBA champion Golden State with a 126-106 home victory on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). However, the Pacers fell behind in a poor-shooting first quarter and never seriously challenged in this one.
Glenn Robinson III scored 12 points and Trevor Booker had 11 for the Pacers. Indiana shot 26-for-87 (29.9 percent) and set season-lows in points, made field goals, and field goal percentage.
After Bojan Bogdanovic made a jump shot with 8:28 left in the first, the Pacers missed 10 straight shots over the next five minutes before Domantas Sabonis snapped the slump with layup at 3:09. Indiana missed 18 of its first 21 shots attempts before ending the first with back-to-back three-pointers.
Ibaka scored 10 points in the opening quarter and Toronto led 26-14 after one.
Booker made a pair of free throws as Indiana cut it to 32-28 with 5:04 left in the half but Toronto regained control with an 8-0 run. The Raptors led 45-33 at halftime.
Ibaka made all five shots he attempted in the third, including a pair of three-pointers, to help Toronto take a 72-49 lead into the fourth.
Pacers: Victor Oladipo extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 63, tying him with Gary Payton for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. ... The Pacers have lost 12 of their past 15 regular-season meetings with the Raptors.
Raptors: Ibaka matched a career best with five made three-pointers. ... Toronto had 20 rebounds in the first quarter. ... The Raptors won 56 games in 2015-16, when they had 32 home victories. ... Toronto had 23 turnovers, a season-worst.
Pacers: Visit Charlotte on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Indiana has lost four straight road games in the series.
Raptors: Host Orlando on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Toronto has won its past three meetings with the Magic.