Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors past Pacers

Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:51pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Toronto continues to build a solid case for at least the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and may have what it takes to reel in the Cleveland Cavaliers, who now lead the Raptors by only two games in the loss column.

That's in large part because Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan make big plays when big plays are needed, which was the case Thursday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Lowry and DeRozan scored 28 points apiece, and Toronto pulled away from the Indiana Pacers in overtime for a 101-94 victory.

DeRozan missed a potential game-winning shot at the regulation buzzer, but Lowry and DeRozan scored nine quick overtime points, helping the Raptors (46-21) take a 94-88 lead with1:17 remaining.

"We understand that someone on our team is eventually going to get hot late in a game," DeRozan said. "I started to hit some, and then Kyle got it going as well.

"We did a good job on Paul George, but that's everybody following the scouting report and understanding what they try to do. When you make it difficult for them, it's tough to shoot well."

Indiana (36-32) slipped to 1-7 in overtime games. The Pacers got 18 points apiece from Paul George and George Hill, but George was only 7 of 24 from the field, including only 1 of 9 from 3-point range.

Bismack Biyombo added 16 points and 25 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.

"We are still in the learning process and are still trying to put things together," Biyombo said. "I just play for my teammates. I was just playing and trying to get rebounds."   Continued...

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Toronto defeats Indiana 101-94 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports