Pacers down Raptors, give interim coach Vogel first winFeb 1, 2011 - 4:07 AM Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Roy Hibbert netted 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers give interim coach Frank Vogel his first win at the helm in a 104-93 triumph over the struggling Toronto Raptors.
Vogel replaced head coach Jim O'Brien, who was fired on Sunday after leading the team to a pedestrian 17-27 mark this season. O'Brien left the team with a 121-169 record during a four-year span while the club hasn't reached the playoffs since the 2005-06 season.
"I'm obviously ecstatic," Vogel said. "We got a win and got off to a good start to a new beginning."
Paul George and Darren Collison each notched 16 points for the Pacers, winners of two of the last three. After missing two games with pneumonia, Tyler Hansbrough collected 14 points and six boards for the victors.
Toronto was handed its 12th straight loss despite seeing seven players in double figures. Amir Johnson led the Raptors with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Ed Davis and Jose Calderon each had 13 points in the loss.
"I think we played pretty well defensively. We just missed a couple of shots down the stretch," Johnson said. "It was good effort tonight and we just came up short."
Sonny Weems, Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless also reached double-digits point totals in the loss.
The Pacers set the tone in the first quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 29-17 lead with 1:40 left. They ended the first 12 minutes up 32-21.
A.J. Price's three-pointer with 5:12 left the second quarter ballooned Indiana's lead to 48-28. Toronto responded by scoring the next 13 points to make it a seven-point game. Bayless then hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining to cut the hosts lead to 51-45 at halftime.
DeRozan hit two free throws to knot the game at 51 with 10:39 left in the third quarter but the Raptors were unable to claim the lead. Hibbert's tip-in and short hook shot on the next two possessions put the Pacers back on top to stay. They would extend their advantage to eight several times before taking a 75-70 edge into the final period.
A Josh McRoberts steal and alley-oop pass to George highlighted an 8-0 burst that gave the Pacers a 95-82 advantage with 4:47 to play in the game.
Toronto would get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Pacers have won three in a row over the Raptors...Indiana has won six home dates in a row over Toronto since the start of the 2008-09 campaign...Toronto is 5-21 as the visitors this season...Danny Granger scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists in the win...Davis had seven rebounds, while Weems and Bargnani each had 12 points in defeat.
- TORONTO: 93
Jan 31 9:23 PM
- TORONTO: 70
End of 3rd
Jan 31 8:49 PM
- TORONTO: 45
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- TORONTO: 21
End of 1st
Jan 31 7:35 PM
- TORONTO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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