Raptors roll to biggest win of season, beat Pacers 127-81

Raptors roll to biggest win of season, beat Pacers 127-81
Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (9) drives against Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 11 assists, extending his career-best streak of double-doubles to six, and the Toronto Raptors hammered Indiana 127-81 on Sunday, their 13th straight home win over the Pacers.

Pascal Siakam scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as the surging Raptors led from wire-to-wire in their most lopsided victory of the season. The Raptors won for the 17th time in 18 games and extended their home winning streak to nine.

Toronto’s largest lead was 49 points, its biggest of the season. The Raptors led by 40 in a home win over Utah on Dec. 1. The 46-point margin of victory surpassed a 36-point win over Charlotte on Nov. 18

Matt Thomas scored all of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, Terence Davis had 13 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 12. Chris Boucher had nine points and 11 rebounds.

Indiana’s 81 points were the fewest by a Toronto opponent this season. Orlando scored 83 points in a home loss to the Raptors on Nov. 29.

Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Aaron Holiday scored 14 points and Justin Holiday had 12 but the Pacers never recovered from an abysmal first quarter and lost for the first time in three games. Indiana has dropped seven of nine.

Indiana guard Victor Oladipo sat out because of back spasms, with Aaron Holiday starting in his place. Oladipo left Friday’s road win over the Knicks after three quarters because of a sore back, and didn’t practice Saturday.

Friday was Oladipo’s first game without a minutes restriction after he missed the first 47 games of the season while recovering from a ruptured tendon in his right knee.

The Pacers lost another guard with 9:54 remaining in the second quarter when Jeremy Lamb injured his left knee, landing awkwardly after being fouled by Davis on a fast-break drive. Lamb was able to shoot his free throws, but the Pacers immediately fouled to stop play and replace Lamb. He did not return.

The Pacers missed nine straight shots to begin the game and trailed 15-3 when Malcolm Brogdon scored their first basket on a layup with 6:57 remaining in the first. Indiana missed another five shots before Justin Holiday ended his team’s 0-for-7 drought from 3-point range with 3:53 to play in the opening quarter.

Indiana shot 4 for 23 in the first, finishing the quarter with as many turnovers as made baskets. Siakam and Ibaka each scored 11 points for Toronto, which led 34-12 after one.

Lowry scored 11 points in the second and the Raptors led 63-32 at the half. Indiana set a season low for first-half points, four fewer than they had against Milwaukee on Nov. 16.

Toronto led 85-55 heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana starters combined to shoot 1 for 13 in the first. … Justin Holiday became Indiana’s first double-digit scorer when he hit a 3 with 9:45 left in the fourth.

Raptors: Toronto remained without C Marc Gasol (left hamstring) and G Norman Powell (broken finger, left hand). Gasol sat for the 10th straight game, and Powell missed his eighth. … F Patrick McCaw sat for the second straight game because of flu-like symptoms. … Toronto outscored Indiana 60-30 in bench points.

STARTING SLOW

The Pacers have scored 27 total first-quarter points in two games following the All-Star break. Indiana trailed 20-15 after one quarter against the Knicks on Friday, but rallied to win 106-98. New York was the opponent when Indiana recorded its lowest-scoring opening quarter of the season, 11 points on Feb. 1. The Knicks won that game 92-85.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.

Raptors: Host Eastern Conference-leaders Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

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