Pacers beat Raptors 101-83 to force Game Seven
(The Sports Xchange) - When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul George's prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat.
George had a game-best 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday, but the Pacers used smothering defense, solid rebounding and a dominating second half to defeat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 in Game 6, tying the best-of-seven series 3-3 and forcing Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto.
After leading 65-64 late in the third quarter, Indiana used a 32-5 run to increase its lead to 97-69 with 3:02 remaining.
Indiana limited the Raptors to 36.7 percent shooting, only 39 second-half points and outrebounded Toronto 44-40, also scoring 20 points as the result of 17 Raptors' turnovers.
"The Indiana Pacers have to beat the Raptors instead of just Paul George beating the Raptors," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "Our defense and our rebounding turned this game.
"We stayed with our big lineup to start the second half, and we executed our offense much better in the second half. We have to be able to hold a lead, and tonight we did that."
The Pacers scored the fourth quarter's first six points and led 77-64 with 10:38 remaining, prompting a Toronto timeout. The run became 12-0 for an 83-64 advantage. Indiana shot 64 percent from the field in the second half.
Rookie Myles Turner had 15 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, Monta Ellis scored 14 and George Hill and Ian Mahinmi each scored 12.
"Tonight was one of the most exciting games I've ever played in," Turner said of avoiding elimination. "I'm not ready for summer, and I'm not ready to go fishing." Continued...