The Pacers tough road stretch continued Friday night when they faced the Toronto Raptors in Canada right after a road game against the Houston Rockets. Indiana rallied late, but could not pull through for a win falling 120-115.
First Half Analysis
The opening half for the Pacers started out strong and then went south. Indiana was down 18-12 in the first quarter and responded with a 16-2 scoring run giving them a strong 28-21 lead with all the momentum. Toronto would wind up ending the quarter on a small 6-4 run, and it was the Pacers with the lead at 32-27 through one. In the second quarter, for the first 8 minutes was good play from Indiana who led Toronto 54-48. The final three minutes is where the Raptors took over and propelled themselves to a 65-58 halftime lead after outscoring the Pacers 38-26 in the second quarter.
Second Half Analysis
The final half of action was basically playing catchup for Indiana who was down 81-71 late into the third quarter. Indiana went on several mini scoring runs, but could not cut into the deficit, down 94-89 after three. They were slightly able to outscore Toronto 31-29 in that quarter. Finally, for the fourth quarter, it was more of the same play from Indiana. The Pacers were only down by one point early in the quarter, after starting out the fourth on a 4-0 run. Toronto would grab the lead right back and then some, up 112-98 with 6:17 left. Indiana once again was able to threaten only down 116-11 but could not escape victorious. The Pacers tied Toronto 26-26 in the fourth quarter.
Individual Player Performances
Victor Oladipo once again was on FIRE setting several new season-highs. Oladipo finished with 36 points (14-22 FG, 3-8 3PT, 5/7 FT), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and only 3 turnovers in 39 minutes. Oladipo’s new season-highs included points, field goal attempts, field goal makes and playing minutes. November was a fabulous month for Oladipo, and it looks like December has started the same way.
Myles Turner who was a game-time decision provided a nice effort with 17 points (7/11 FG, 1/3 3PT, 2/2 FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block in a limited 34 minutes. Turner was one of the three starters in the Pacers lineup with a positive plus-minus at +7. Turner lately has been producing solid numbers, with 15+ points and 4+ rebounds in each of his last four starts.
Going Inside the Numbers
Indiana shot 45-102 (44.1%) on field goals, 8-26 (30.8%) on three-pointers, and 17-22 (77.3%) on free throws. The 102 shot attempts clearly stand out, reaching the century mark for the first time this season. Otherwise, it was an average shooting performance with a tremendous amount of shots. Additionally, with the oddness of the game, Indiana ended up outrebounding Toronto 60-58 in another standout statistic. Everywhere else on the scoreboard, the Pacers dished out 21 assists, stole the ball 7 times, rejected 5 shots, and only committed 11 total turnovers.
The Pacers will have to wait a while for a shot at redemption, without a game until Monday when they face the Knicks at home at 7:00 PM Eastern.