Raptors cruise past Indiana
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh scored 17 points and grabbed 11
rebounds as Toronto cruised past Indiana, 92-83, at Air Canada Centre.
Andrea Bargnani contributed 14 points while Jorge Garbajosa and Jose Calderon
added 13 each for the Raptors, who have won two of three since dropping six
“We jumped on them early, but they made a run back at us,” Bosh said. “We
stopped shooting the ball as well, which happens sometimes, but we kept the
lead and we never got nervous. We kept focus and we kept running.”
Joey Graham had 12 points and pulled down eight boards in the victory.
Toronto shot 43.5 percent (37-of-85) from the floor.
Danny Granger and Stephen Jackson both scored 18 points and Jermaine O’Neal
poured in 15 points with 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost two of
their last three.
Jamaal Tinsley also netted 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with four assists in
defeat, while Al Harrington chipped in 11 points with 14 rebounds.
“It is tough playing from behind,” Tinsley said. “We have to figure out a way
to come out and compete for 48 minutes and do it on both ends of the court.”
Toronto went on a 19-9 run in the first quarter, capped by a Garbajosa jumper
at the 4:38 mark. The Raptors ended the frame with seven consecutive points,
including four from Calderon, and held a 32-17 advantage.
Radoslav Nesterovic’s tip shot with 7:35 left in the second opened up a 26-
point lead for Toronto. Indiana, though, cut its deficit to 52-36 at halftime
on treys by Granger, Jackson and Tinsley late in the quarter.
In the third, the Pacers went on an 18-8 burst to pull within six, 60-54 on
Granger’s three. After a Bosh free throw, Jackson answered with one of his own
and Tinsley nailed a driving layup as Indiana made it a four-point affair with
four minutes remaining. Toronto, however, ended the third with a 70-61 edge
despite being outscored in the frame, 25-18.
A pair of Graham tip-ins to start the fourth highlighted a string of eight
straight points by the Raptors, who maintained their lead the rest of the way
and were never threatened by the Pacers.
Indiana shot a dismal 37.2 percent from the field.
Bosh shot 6-of-18 from the field. He also recorded his 10th double-double of
the year…All four of Toronto’s wins this season have come at
home…Attendance was 18,075.