VanVleet scores 26, Raptors beat Pacers for 1st home win

TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet had a season-high 26 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a season-high 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors won at home for the first time in 20 months, beating the Indiana Pacers 118-100 on Wednesday night.

Scottie Barnes had 18 points and seven assists, and fellow rookie Dalano Banton came off the bench to score 10 points as the Raptors won in Toronto for the first time in four tries this season.

The Raptors’ previous win in their home arena was Feb. 23, 2020 — also against Indiana. Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic forced the team to play home games in Florida at the end of the 2019-20 season and throughout 2020-21.

VanVleet shot 6 for 7 from 3-point range and had six assists.

Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points in 22 minutes but injured his left hamstring early in the third quarter and did not return.

Chris Duarte scored 14 points, Jeremy Lamb had 12 and Myles Turner had 10 for the Pacers, who are 0-3 on the road.

Indiana went 21-15 away from home last season, the best road record in the Eastern Conference.

Domantas Sabonis had nine points and eight rebounds but had four of the Pacers’ 23 turnovers. The Raptors scored 31 points off Indiana miscues.

Toronto led 57-48 at halftime. VanVleet made all three of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter and Banton scored seven points as the Raptors took an 87-71 lead to the fourth.

Anunoby had 16 points in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Indiana has scored at least 100 points in all four games so far. … G Caris LeVert (sore lower back) missed his fifth straight game. … Indiana had won its previous two meetings with Toronto. … T.J. McConnell had four turnovers.

Raptors: Toronto’s 14 3-pointers were a season high. … F Yuta Watanabe (left calf) is practicing with Toronto’s G Legaue team this week and is expected to join the Raptors on their upcoming trip. … VanVleet set career-highs in assists (17) and turnovers (8) in Monday’s home loss to Chicago.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.

Raptors: Host Orlando on Friday night.

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