Friday , Feb , 23 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors rout Pacers

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Chris Bosh posted 23 points and 12 rebounds, as
the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors wrapped up a three-game
homestand with a 110-88 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

Jorge Garbajosa notched 16 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have
won three of their last four games and are 20-8 as the host this season.
Rasho Nesterovic had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Andrea Bargnani
contributed 13 points. Anthony Parker had 12 points, and Jose Calderon added
12 assists.

The trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon and the Raptors made a deal with
the Portland Trail Blazers, acquiring guard Juan Dixon in exchange for
guard/forward Fred Jones. Dixon sat out, though, as Jones hadn’t passed his
physical with Portland yet.

Jamaal Tinsley posted 19 points and eight assists for the Pacers, who had a
three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 11-15 as the visitor this
season. Jermaine O’Neal had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Darrell
Armstrong chipped in 13 points off the bench. Danny Granger added 10 points.

Toronto got going right away, opening the game on a 10-2 run, capped by a Bosh
slam with 7:22 remaining in the first, and led 22-17 heading into the second
quarter.

“We are just working on jumping on teams,” Bosh said. “That’s what all the
good teams do, come out hot and if we get out to a big lead we can play
comfortably.”

The Raptors added to their lead by starting the second on a 12-6 run to extend
the margin to 34-23 with 8:24 left. They held a 62-46 halftime advantage
despite Armstrong’s shot from near halfcourt at the end of the period.

The Raptors came out of the locker room without missing a beat, starting
the second half on an 11-0 burst, finished by a Bosh alley-oop from T.J. Ford
with 9:43 remaining, and carried a commanding 91-64 lead into the fourth.

The Pacers finally came alive in the fourth, opening the stanza on an 18-1
run, culminated by a Maceo Baston finger roll with 6:51 remaining to cut their
deficit to just 10, 92-82. However, Toronto quickly regained control down the
stretch. The Raptors never trailed in the contest.

“We were on our heels really from the beginning of the game,” Indiana coach
Rick Carlisle said. “They played with a lot of aggression and we were just a
step behind most of the night.”

Toronto finished 13-for-20 from beyond the arc, and shot 41-for-73 (56
percent) from the field, compared to just 34-for-88 (39 percent) by Indiana.

Game Notes

Friday’s showdown between Indiana and Toronto was the third and final meeting
of the regular season. Toronto took the series, 2-1.

IND TOR