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Stephenson's late flurry leads Pacers over Raptors, 107-104

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When Victor Oladipo went out, Lance Stephenson stepped up.

Stephenson scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Pacers win their fifth straight, 107-104 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Oladipo scored a team-high 21 points before exiting the game with a knee injury midway through the fourth quarter. He entered the game as Indiana's leading scorer with 22.9 points per game. Stephenson averaged 6.2 points through the first month of the season,

''It worked out,'' Indiana coach Nate McMillan said of the impromptu substitution. ''Victor's knee was bothering him and Lance was playing well. Victor wanted to go back in but he didn't seem confident. He was feeling soreness and wanted to give it a try, but Lance was playing good basketball so I decided to make that decision for him and stay with Lance.''

Stephenson played sparingly throughout the first three quarters, but was extremely efficient, shooting 7 for 9 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Indiana a 103-92 lead with 4:06 remaining.

''Whatever the coach calls me to do, I am ready for the mission,'' Stephenson said. ''That's just being ready ... Just being patient and being ready at all times. Just be that spark off the bench.''

Indiana outscored the Raptors 31-20 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead, and Stephenson took over from there. He connected on six of his final seven field goal attempts, including the back-to-back 3-pointers, which electrified the home crowd and gave Indiana its largest lead of the half.

''I get my energy from the crowd,'' Stephenson said. ''When the crowd tells me `let's go, get it going,' I just feel like the power is in me.''

Kyle Lowry scored 12 of his 24 points in the second quarter as Toronto outscored Indiana 35-21, giving the Raptors a 60-50 halftime lead.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey criticized the Raptors' slow start to the second half, which has plagued the team in recent weeks.

''The third quarter has been our Achilles heel and it was again tonight,'' Casey said. ''We have to figure out something to get started again. We played too well in the first half to not sustain it and for whatever reason we come out with that approach like we think the game is over and we can't do that.''

Toronto had a chance to tie after Myles Turner missed the second of two free throw attempts with six seconds remaining, but Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the backboard.

Turner finished seven points and a team-best 10 rebounds, and VanVleet had a career-high 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench.

Indiana opened the game shooting 9 for 13 from the field, including 5 for 8 from 3-point range, but a string of turnovers and poor transition defense allowed Toronto to close the quarter on an 11-2 run.

Bojan Bogdonavic added 19 points for Indiana, which had six players reach double figures.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Forward CJ Miles did not travel with the team after his wife gave birth to a girl Thursday evening. ... Toronto outrebounded Indiana 42-41 and shot nearly 50 percent from the field, but struggled from 3-point range, making just 9 of 30 attempts...

Pacers: Indiana entered the game leading the NBA in 3-point percentage, shooting 40.4 percent from behind the arc. ... Domantis Sobonis added 13 points and six rebounds despite a poor shooting night. Sabonis shot just 2 for 10 from the field, but was 9 for 12 from the free throw line. ... Indiana improved to 9-2 when making at least 10 3-pointers. The Pacers were 11 for 26 behind the arc.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Close out a three-game road trip at Atlanta on Saturday.

Pacers: Host Boston on Saturday.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 G
V. Oladipo
4 G
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
47.8 Field Goal % 46.1
47.9 Three Point % 45.8
81.2 Free Throw % 79.6
  Team rebound 0:02
  Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
+ 1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
  Darren Collison missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
  Team rebound 0:06
  Personal foul on Norman Powell 0:06
  Personal foul on Serge Ibaka 0:07
  Defensive rebound by Myles Turner 0:07
  DeMar DeRozan missed finger-roll layup 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry 0:15
  Lance Stephenson missed jump shot 0:17
Team Stats
Points 104 107
Field Goals 40-81 (49.4%) 38-83 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 11-26 (42.3%)
Free Throws 15-20 (75.0%) 20-27 (74.1%)
Total Rebounds 49 49
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 35 31
Team 7 8
Assists 17 19
Steals 14 10
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 18 16
Fouls 20 18
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
17 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Raptors 11-7 25352024104
home team logo Pacers 11-8 29213126107
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 11-7 107.3 PPG 40.1 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Pacers 11-8 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
Key Players
K. Lowry G 16.2 PPG 5.6 RPG 6.9 APG 42.7 FG%
V. Oladipo G 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Lowry G 24 PTS 10 REB 8 AST
V. Oladipo G 21 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
49.4 FG% 45.8
30.0 3PT FG% 42.3
75.0 FT% 74.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 39 24 10 8 3 0 3 2 6/12 5/9 7/7 1 9 50 -5
D. DeRozan 39 13 3 2 3 0 4 2 6/16 0/3 1/2 1 2 19 -6
S. Ibaka 27 10 7 1 1 1 3 5 5/10 0/2 0/1 0 7 18 -9
O. Anunoby 27 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 2/2 0 1 9 -20
J. Valanciunas 13 6 5 0 0 0 3 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 3 8 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Lowry 39 24 10 8 3 0 3 2 6/12 5/9 7/7 1 9 50 -5
D. DeRozan 39 13 3 2 3 0 4 2 6/16 0/3 1/2 1 2 19 -6
S. Ibaka 27 10 7 1 1 1 3 5 5/10 0/2 0/1 0 7 18 -9
O. Anunoby 27 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 2/2 0 1 9 -20
J. Valanciunas 13 6 5 0 0 0 3 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 3 8 -20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Powell 26 16 3 2 1 1 3 3 7/14 1/5 1/3 0 3 22 +16
F. VanVleet 28 16 5 4 3 0 0 2 6/10 2/5 2/3 0 5 32 +18
J. Poeltl 12 6 2 0 0 1 0 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 9 +16
P. Siakam 21 5 6 0 2 1 2 2 2/6 1/4 0/0 2 4 12 -1
L. Nogueira 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +1
L. Brown 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -5
D. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 104 42 17 14 4 18 20 40/81 9/30 15/20 7 35 180 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 29 21 1 3 1 0 4 1 8/15 2/4 3/5 0 1 25 +16
B. Bogdanovic 38 19 1 0 1 0 0 2 8/16 1/5 2/3 0 1 21 +9
D. Collison 36 17 3 8 0 0 1 2 6/10 2/4 3/4 0 3 35 +8
T. Young 36 12 9 3 4 1 3 0 5/11 1/2 1/1 3 6 29 +13
M. Turner 21 7 10 3 0 1 0 5 2/7 1/4 2/2 1 9 24 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 29 21 1 3 1 0 4 1 8/15 2/4 3/5 0 1 25 +16
B. Bogdanovic 38 19 1 0 1 0 0 2 8/16 1/5 2/3 0 1 21 +9
D. Collison 36 17 3 8 0 0 1 2 6/10 2/4 3/4 0 3 35 +8
T. Young 36 12 9 3 4 1 3 0 5/11 1/2 1/1 3 6 29 +13
M. Turner 21 7 10 3 0 1 0 5 2/7 1/4 2/2 1 9 24 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Stephenson 22 18 7 0 0 0 5 2 7/9 4/4 0/0 0 7 20 -11
D. Sabonis 26 13 6 1 1 1 2 2 2/10 0/1 9/12 3 3 21 -13
C. Joseph 22 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 -14
T. Leaf 7 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 3 0 4 -11
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 107 41 19 10 3 16 18 38/83 11/26 20/27 10 31 183 +15