Raptors top Pacers to take series lead
(The Sports Xchange) - Dwane Casey's decision to go with a mixed-bag group on the floor in the fourth quarter paid off on Tuesday as the Toronto Raptors erased a 13-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers 102-99.
With the win, the Raptors take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
A group, which included Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Bismac Biyombo and Norman Powell, helped Toronto battle back from a 90-77 third-quarter hole to tie the game 92-92.
Powell put an exclamation on the comeback throwing down a monster dunk, much to the delight of the sellout crowd of 19,800 in attendance at Air Canada Centre.
"I thought we were going to go down with the guys that were swinging," Casey said of the group he had on the floor in the fourth.
"That group was giving it to us physically -- what did (Indiana) score in the fourth quarter? Nine points? They were just scrapping and that's what the playoffs are about: fight, toughness and for whatever reason we didn't start the game that way."
DeRozan gave the Raptors their first lead of the game, draining a 3-pointer with 4:15 remaining and they never relented.
DeRozan finished with a team-high 34 points and Kyle Lowry added 14 points, four rebounds and five assists. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 11 points.
"I felt like my normal self," said DeRozan, who entered the game averaging just 13.3 points while shooting below 30 percent from the field. Continued...