Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now

Toronto at Indiana

Pacers 124, Raptors 100

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last season, it took the Indiana Pacers until the new year to reach double-digit victories.

This time, they made it before Christmas

More on Raptors at Pacers
Related links

Brandon Rush scored a season-high 26 points, Danny Granger had 21 and the Pacers put seven players in double figures in a 124-100 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

"The good thing is, the guys in the locker room are not happy being 10-9," Indiana coach Jim O'Brien said. "It's good to have a winning record, but I think if you ask anyone in a Pacers uniform, if we had done the things that we did tonight on a regular basis, it would be a lot better than a game over .500. But that's a learning experience."

The Pacers' improvement is based on a developing young core of players -- Rush, Darren Collison and Roy Hibbert.

Rush, a reserve, was 10 for 18 from the field, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range. He was inconsistent his first two years in the league, but he has caught team president Larry Bird's attention this season.

"Larry Bird said to him a couple weeks ago, 'You're playing like the guy I thought I drafted,' " O'Brien said. "He's playing great. He's playing really strong defense and scoring off the dribble."

Collison, a second-year guard the Pacers acquired in an offseason trade, had 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Hibbert, a third-year center, had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

As the chemistry builds and the young players develop, O'Brien's expectations grow.

"Even though they're familiar faces to our fans, they're still inexperienced," he said. "They're starting to click. If they can continue to click in all phases then we'll be a playoff team."

Granger also contributed nine rebounds and five assists in the Pacers' second-highest scoring effort of the season.

Indiana was disappointed with losses to Utah and Phoenix at the end of a four-game road trip and responded by shooting 55 percent from the field, including a 13-for-26 effort from behind the arc.

Apparently, road victories against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento weren't good enough.

"We thought we should have went 3-1 on the West Coast," Granger said. "We wanted to get this one and get back on the winning track. We pretty much won the game from the start."

Granger, Indiana's leading scorer for the season, made only 8 of 29 shots combined against Utah and Phoenix, but went 9 for 16 against Toronto.

"I'm not worried about where my shot is, it's always going to be there," Granger said. "It's just a matter of what kind of shots I'm taking. I have to mix up how many 3s I'm taking, when I'm attacking, and different things like that."

Jose Calderon scored 21 points and Amir Johnson added 15 for the Raptors. Andrea Bargnani, who entered the game averaging 20.7 points, was held to 12 on 5-of-11 shooting.

"We have to come with more energy," Bargnani said. "We have to come more prepared, especially in the first and second quarters. It seems like we are just watching the other team play and we are doing nothing."

Toronto had won six of nine, including victories against Boston and Oklahoma City.

"We have to do it every day," Calderon said. "We have to play as a team every night for 48 minutes."

The Pacers stretched their lead to 28 early in the third quarter before the Raptors made a run to close to 78-62, leading to an Indiana timeout. The Raptors trailed by 15 before Indiana went on a 7-0 run, including 3-pointers by Rush and James Posey.

The statistic that pleased O'Brien the most was the 33 assists.

"There's going to be games that we shoot the lights out, and that's going to be very bad news for our opponents when we shoot as well as we did tonight," he said. "When we make the extra pass, we tend to shoot the basketball better."

The Pacers built a 42-21 lead early in the second quarter. Bargnani didn't score until 52 seconds remained in the first half. By then, the Raptors trailed 64-42.

Notes

  • Toronto F Peja Stojakovic, a former Pacer, was not with the team because of a swollen left knee.
  • Indiana F Tyler Hansbrough didn't play until 6:29 remained. At one point, fans chanted, "We want Tyler." He finished with four points in six minutes.
  • Indiana's reserves scored 50 points.
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Toronto (8-13)18262333100
Indiana (10-9) «31372135124
TOR:J. Calderon 21 Pts
TOR:A. Johnson 9 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 4 Ast
IND:B. Rush 26 Pts
IND:D. Granger 9 Reb
IND:T. Ford 6 Ast
Players of the Game
IndianaToronto

Danny Granger

Jose Calderon
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
21952114
Toronto
D. DeRozan, SG333-91-21107
A. Bargnani, C325-112-341412
J. Calderon, PG308-123-414321
A. Johnson, SF287-131-392315
S. Weems, SG193-102-25118
L. Barbosa, SG315-140-063112
E. Davis, PF193-80-07036
J. Bayless, PG182-100-04235
L. Kleiza, SF175-121-140312
J. Wright, SF91-10-01212
J. Dorsey, PF40-00-03010
P. Stojakovic, SFDid Not Play
R. Evans, PFDid Not Play
S. Alabi, CDid Not Play
Totals 42-10010-15451623100
 42.0%66.7% 
Indiana
D. Granger, SF319-161-295121
M. Dunleavy, SF295-70-052411
R. Hibbert, C286-91-166213
J. McRoberts, PF264-113-476012
D. Collison, PG256-75-531217
B. Rush, SG3210-180-041126
J. Posey, SF204-80-032211
T. Ford, PG191-32-22614
S. Jones, PF162-51-26215
T. Hansbrough, PF60-04-41114
D. Jones, SG40-00-00000
A. Price, PG40-10-01100
J. Foster, CDid Not Play
P. George, SFDid Not Play
L. Stephenson, SGDid Not Play
Totals 47-8517-20473315124
 55.3%85.0% 
Other Games
Atl 80 Final
Orl 74
Min 114 Final
NY 121
OKC 90 Final
Chi 99
Mia 88 Final
Mil 78
Mem 85 Final
Utah 94
Sac 91 Final
LAC 98