Pacers conclude trip in Toronto
(Sports Network) – The playoff-bound Indiana Pacers will try to get back on
the winning track tonight when they close out a brief two-game road trip
against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
Indiana, which is the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, had a three-game
winning streak stopped in Saturday’s 92-91 overtime loss at Charlotte Bobcats
Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers with a game-high 30 points and also grabbed
eight boards, while Stephen Jackson and Peja Stojakovic each netted 18 for the
Pacers, who have lost nine consecutive road games.
After Monday’s tilt in Toronto, the Pacers, who are in the playoffs for the
ninth straight year, will close out the 2005-06 regular season at Conseco
Fieldhouse versus the Orlando Magic.
Indiana, which is 13-27 on the road this season, ended a two-game losing
streak to the Raptors with a win on April 5. The Pacers have won seven of the
last 10 meetings and 11 of 15 against Toronto.
The Pacers have won four of their last six at Toronto.
Toronto, meanwhile, ended a 10-game losing streak with Friday’s improbable
108-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Mike James scored a career-high 39 points and was a perfect 18-of-18 from the
free-throw line — a Raptors record. Toronto, which hadn’t won since March 24
against Minnesota, got 20 points from Morris Peterson and 15 by Charlie
The Raptors will close out a two-game homestand against Indiana and are 1-5 in
their last six games at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto is 15-25 at home this
season and conclude the 2005-06 campaign Wednesday in Chicago.