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Raptors use late charge to beat Pacers for 10th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Toronto's DeMar DeRozan figured out how to beat Indiana at its own game.

He sped things up and eventually, the Pacers wore down.

DeRozan scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds and the Raptors used a 16-4 fourth-quarter run to get past Indiana 106-99 on Thursday night for their 10th consecutive win.

''When things aren't going our way, we don't let the adversity get to us,'' DeRozan said. ''Once we got the lead, we understand when to push the ball, how to push the ball, get stops, get the momentum. We understand the small things that occur in a game and we try to use that to our advantage.''

Did they ever.

The league's hottest team and the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed has won 17 of 18 and moved within one win of tying the franchise record for most consecutive victories, set in January 2016.

But unlike so many other wins during the impressive stretch, this one required everything Toronto could muster at the end of a three-game road trip.

The Raptors wound up with a 58-35 rebounding edge, thanks largely to Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Pacers starter C.J. Miles made three 3-pointers in Toronto's decisive stretch after the Raptors trailed most of the game.

And, as usual, DeRozan, led the charge by shooting 8 of 15 from the field, finishing with seven assists and demonstrating the kind of toughness coach Dwane Casey thought was missing the last time the Raptors were in town.

''To be successful in this league, you have to have grit,'' Casey said. ''That's something our guys have developed. As long as we have that grit and togetherness, we'll be OK.''

For the Pacers, it was a bitter loss.

Despite getting 22 points from Darren Collison and a season-high 20 from Al Jefferson and leading most of the game, they couldn't put it away.

The result: Indiana's three-game winning streak is over and its small lead in the Central Division also might be gone.

''We didn't keep our heads, kind of got emotionally drunk out there and gave up some easy baskets and some fouls,'' Indiana coach Nate McMillan said, referring to the fourth quarter. ''You have to remain solid in close games like that.''

Indiana took control late in the first quarter and never trailed again until Delon Wright made two free throws to give Toronto an 89-88 lead with 7:02 to go.

Back-to-back layups from DeRozan and Wright made it 100-92 with 3:01 left.

The Pacers couldn't get closer than three again and DeRozan sealed it when he stole an inbounds pass and scored on a breakaway dunk with 10.5 seconds remaining.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Ended a two-game losing streak in Indy. ... Toronto is now 2-1 against the Pacers this season. Only two teams - Golden State and Washington - have beaten the Raptors twice this season. ... Toronto has topped the 100-point mark in 21 consecutive games, breaking the franchise record set in 2009-10. ... The Raptors have a record won eight straight road games and need one more road win to match the franchise's single-season mark (24). ... Valanciunas has scored in double figures in a season-best nine straight games.

Pacers: Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and had three steals, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one steal to 52 - breaking a tie with Allen Iverson for the 10th longest streak in league history. ... Thaddeus Young had 13 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 10. ... Jefferson also had 12 rebounds. ... Indiana had a moment of silence before the game for New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who died earlier Thursday.

INJURY LIST

Toronto played without guards Norman Powell (sprained left ankle) and rookie OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle).

But the Pacers may have come away even more short-handed. Backup center Domantas Sabonis sat out with a sprained left ankle and starting center Myles Turner left late in the first half after spraining his left ankle.

While Turner returned in the second half, he was ineffective. The Pacers also expect Sabonis to miss at least a few more days.

''He won't play tonight or Saturday and we'll re-evaluate, probably next week,'' McMillan said before the game.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Dallas on Friday after a three-game road trip.

Pacers: Visit Washington on Saturday.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
V. Oladipo
4 SG
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
46.3 Field Goal % 47.1
46.2 Three Point % 47.1
82.6 Free Throw % 80.4
  Team rebound 0:07
  Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 2 DeMar DeRozan made dunk 0:10
  Bad pass turnover on Victor Oladipo, stolen by DeMar DeRozan 0:12
+ 1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Thaddeus Young 0:14
+ 3 Darren Collison made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph 0:31
  DeMar DeRozan missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
  Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan 0:55
Team Stats
Points 106 99
Field Goals 35-80 (43.8%) 40-93 (43.0%)
3-Pointers 12-32 (37.5%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 24-28 (85.7%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 64 43
Offensive 19 11
Defensive 39 24
Team 6 8
Assists 20 17
Steals 4 11
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 19 8
Fouls 19 25
Technicals 1 0
16 PTS, 17 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Raptors 51-17 25242829106
home team logo Pacers 40-29 2730222099
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 51-17 114.8 PPG 45.6 RPG 24.9 APG
home team logo Pacers 40-29 106.2 PPG 44.1 RPG 25.1 APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Collison PG 8.9 PPG 2.8 RPG 5.7 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 24 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
D. Collison PG 22 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
43.8 FG% 43.0
37.5 3PT FG% 29.2
85.7 FT% 70.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 32 24 4 7 1 0 4 3 8/15 2/5 6/7 0 4 39 +13
J. Valanciunas 27 16 17 2 0 4 0 2 5/14 1/1 5/5 8 9 41 +6
K. Lowry 32 13 6 6 0 1 4 4 3/10 3/7 4/4 4 2 28 +12
S. Ibaka 31 13 11 0 1 0 6 4 5/13 3/8 0/0 0 11 19 +15
M. Miller 22 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 10 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 32 24 4 7 1 0 4 3 8/15 2/5 6/7 0 4 39 +13
J. Valanciunas 27 16 17 2 0 4 0 2 5/14 1/1 5/5 8 9 41 +6
K. Lowry 32 13 6 6 0 1 4 4 3/10 3/7 4/4 4 2 28 +12
S. Ibaka 31 13 11 0 1 0 6 4 5/13 3/8 0/0 0 11 19 +15
M. Miller 22 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 4 10 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Siakam 20 12 8 2 0 0 0 0 5/7 0/1 2/2 4 4 24 -2
C. Miles 21 10 1 1 1 0 0 0 3/9 3/7 1/2 0 1 14 -2
D. Wright 19 8 1 0 1 0 1 0 3/5 0/2 2/4 0 1 9 +2
J. Poeltl 16 4 3 0 0 1 3 4 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 2 5 -4
F. VanVleet 17 2 3 2 0 0 1 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 1 8 -9
L. Nogueira - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Powell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Anunoby - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 106 58 20 4 8 19 19 35/80 12/32 24/28 19 39 197 +35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 32 18 5 1 3 0 3 2 8/19 1/4 1/1 1 4 25 -10
T. Young 30 13 6 2 4 0 1 3 6/13 1/4 0/0 2 4 26 -10
C. Joseph 25 6 3 4 1 1 1 4 2/7 1/4 1/2 0 3 18 -12
B. Bogdanovic 30 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1/10 1/4 3/3 0 0 10 -6
M. Turner 19 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 3 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 32 18 5 1 3 0 3 2 8/19 1/4 1/1 1 4 25 -10
T. Young 30 13 6 2 4 0 1 3 6/13 1/4 0/0 2 4 26 -10
C. Joseph 25 6 3 4 1 1 1 4 2/7 1/4 1/2 0 3 18 -12
B. Bogdanovic 30 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1/10 1/4 3/3 0 0 10 -6
M. Turner 19 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 3 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Collison 28 22 2 4 1 0 0 2 8/11 3/4 3/6 1 1 33 +2
A. Jefferson 25 20 12 2 1 1 0 4 9/15 0/0 2/3 3 9 38 +3
L. Stephenson 17 10 2 1 0 0 2 3 4/9 0/1 2/2 1 1 12 0
G. Robinson III 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +3
T. Booker 18 0 5 1 0 0 0 2 0/5 0/1 0/0 3 2 7 +5
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sabonis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 35 17 11 3 8 25 40/93 7/24 12/17 11 24 174 -35