Pacers use big fourth quarter to beat Raptors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 22 points, Myles Turner had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers used a dominant fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 118-104 on Saturday night.

Tyrese Haliburton shook off a 3-for-14 shooting night with 15 assists for the Pacers, who outscored the Raptors 36-14 in the final 12 minutes.

Jalen Smith finished with 16 points and rookie Bennedict Mathurin had 15 for Indiana.

O.G. Anunoby scored 26 points for the short-handed Raptors, who led 90-82 after three quarters before the Pacers blew by them as Toronto matched its lowest-scoring quarter of the season.

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Missing the injured Pascal Siakam and the ill Fred VanVleet, Toronto shot 6 for 21 in the final period, missing eight of nine 3-point attempts.

The surprising Pacers made 19 3-pointers to get back to .500.

After Toronto went ahead by 15 in the first minute of the third quarter, the Pacers reeled off a 20-6 run to get back in it. The Raptors eventually drew a third foul on Turner, forcing him to sit the final four minutes, and carried an eight-point lead into the final period.

Hield made all three shots in the fourth, including both 3-point attempts. Haliburton made one with his feet just in front of the Pacers’ logo at midcourt to give Indiana a 107-101 lead with 3:17 to go.

Haliburton ended up with eight points and six rebounds for Indiana, which shot 50% from the field to overcome 21 turnovers.

Toronto shot 39 per cent.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Siakam, a third-team All-NBA selection last season when he averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists, missed his fifth straight contest due to a strained right adductor muscle. VanVleet, averaging 18.4 points and 6.8 assists, had an illness unrelated to COVID-19. … Chris Boucher had 19 points and seven boards.

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Pacers: The 39 points Toronto scored in the second quarter were the most the Pacers had allowed in any quarter this year. … Indiana finished with a 61-49 edge in rebounding. … Four bench players had at least eight points.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Conclude their three-game road trip Monday against Detroit.

Pacers: At Charlotte on Wednesday.

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