Wednesday , Apr , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Stojakovic, Jackson push Pacers past Raptors

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Peja Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson each
scored 25 points as the Indiana Pacers downed the Toronto Raptors, 111-
103, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Jermaine O’Neal added 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers,
who snapped a damaging five-game losing streak.

Currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers pulled to
within 1/2 game of Milwaukee for the sixth spot after the Bucks lost to
Orlando on Wednesday.

Mike James led all scorers with 34 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds with
eight assists for the Raptors, who have lost their last six games. Matt Bonner
added 14 points and Charlie Villanueva donated 14 points and 11 boards in the
loss.

Indiana led by as many as 15 in the contest, but four straight points from
James early in the fourth pulled Toronto to within 92-90. The Raptors then
later cut it to 95-94 with 7:10 left after a Bonner jumper.

The Pacers, though, answered with a 9-2 burst, capped with a three-pointer by
Anthony Johnson with 4:40 left to extend to a 104-96 lead.

The Pacers then turned up the intensity on the defensive end and hit their
free throws down the stretch to snap a small two-game losing streak to the
Raptors, who never led in the contest.

Johnson added 16 points for Indiana, which led by 29-21 at the end of the
first before the Raptors got to within three at 41-38, after a three-pointer
by James with 5:37 left in the second. Stojakovic, though, came right back
with a trey of his own and the Pacers built their lead back up to 10 at 48-38.

Toronto netted the last six points of the frame however, and trailed by just
four, 54-50, at halftime. Stojakovic had 15 points at the break and James led
Toronto with 18.

The Pacers netted the first seven points of the third frame to take a 61-50
lead with 9:48 to go in the quarter and later extended their lead to 15 after
a Jackson layup made it a 75-60 game with just under five minutes left in the
third.

The Raptors, though, responded with a 9-1 run to make it a 76-69 contest and
Toronto trailed by just 86-81 heading into the fourth.

Game Notes

Toronto shot 40.9 percent from the floor while Indiana shot 40.2 percent…The
Pacers reached the free throw line 45 times in the game, making 36 of their
free shots. Toronto, in comparison, finished just 18-of-22 from the charity
stripe…Indiana blocked 10 shots as a team.

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