OG Anunoby scored the best 30 points of the season and made three free throws in the last minute to help the Toronto Raptors soar on Sunday defeat Indiana Pacers 107-102.
The Raptors have won five out of the last six in a row, without injuring all-stars Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam.
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Myles Turner had 25 points and 6 blocks to lead the Pacers who lost 3 out of 4.
Toronto took control in the middle of the second quarter, halving the lead to 58-47. The Pacers took two short leads in the fourth early stage after Indiana reduced the deficit to 77-75 by three-quarters.
However, the Raptors defeated 82 All-Tie in an 8-0 run. Indiana scored again at 1:07, Anunoby made three of the four free throws and the Raptors scored the final five points.
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Raptors: Anunoby has extended his consecutive double-digit scoring game streak to eight games. He also made four 3s and gave 27 in the last eight. … Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and at least one 3 points in the franchise. This has been recorded for 48 consecutive games. … Toronto forced 13 turnovers in the first half, 10 out of 18 in 3 seconds. … Norman Powell added 20 points.
Pacers: Domantas Sabonis scored 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half alone, opening the season with 16 consecutive double-doubles. It’s the longest winning streak in his career and the longest in Indiana’s NBA era. He finished with 10 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists. … Justin Holiday had 16 points and 10 rebounds. … Jeremy Lamb has scored 13 points and 42 points in three games since returning from a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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Raleigh was listed as a match time decision in reports of Toronto injuries due to pain in his right leg, but Siakam was a sluggish surprise with his left knee swelling. It’s unclear if either will be available for a rematch on Monday night.
Indiana welcomed fans to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday. Team officials have previously announced that they will limit attendance to 1,000 people. After Monday night, they will consider increasing capacity. Local and state officials say the Pacers can have as many as 4,500 fans in the arena.
Raptors: We’ll play the Pacers again in Indianapolis on Monday.
Pacers: We are aiming for the second straight split in the continuous home series this season.
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