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

04:10  16 march  2018
04:10  16 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

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DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 24 points to help the Raptors win their 10 th straight game, beating the Pacers 106-99. 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

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

Indiana Pacers' Al Jefferson (25) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors' Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) © The Associated Press Indiana Pacers' Al Jefferson (25) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors' Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 17 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors rallied late to get past the Indiana Pacers 106-99 on Thursday night for their 10th straight victory.

BOX SCORE: RAPTORS 106, PACERS 99

The Raptors need one more win to tie the franchise's longest winning streak. They haven't lost since Feb. 23 and broke a tie with the 2016-17 squad for longest road winning streak, which is now at eight.

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

Here are takeaways from the latest Raptors win : When there’s a will… There have been prettier games, more impressive performances, and far easier outings for the Raptors but Thursday’s win over the Pacers was as encouraging a Raptors use late charge to beat Pacers for 10 th straight win .

But it sure wasn't easy on a night Darron Collison scored 22 points and Al Jefferson had a season-high 20 for Indiana.

The Pacers took the lead late in the first quarter and didn't trail again until midway through the fourth.

Toronto finally seized control when C.J. Miles made three 3-pointers during a 12-3 spurt that turned an 85-81 deficit into a 93-88 lead with 5:21 to play. The Raptors never trailed again and led by as much as eight twice in the final eight minutes.

Indiana got within 102-99 in the final minute, but the Raptors closed it out when DeRozan stole an inbounds pass and scored on a breakaway dunk with 10.5 seconds left.

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 need one more road win to match the franchise's single-season record (24). ... Valanciunas has scored in double figures in a season-best nine straight games. ... Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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

Pacers: Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and had three steals, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one steal to 52. ... Domantas Sabonis missed the game with a sprained left ankle and Myles Turner missed the end of the first half after spraining his left ankle. Sabonis has already been ruled out of Saturday's game. Turner returned in the second half. ... Indiana had a moment of silence before the game for New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who died earlier Thursday. ... Indiana was outrebounded 58-35.

UP NEXT

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

Pacers: Visit Washington on Saturday.

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