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Barbosa carries Raptors over Pacers

Mar 12, 2011 - 5:12 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Leandro Barbosa went 12-of-21 from the field en route to a season-high 29 points, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Indiana Pacers, 108-98, at Air Canada Centre.

DeMar DeRozan added 16 points for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game skid. James Johnson and Jose Calderon each chipped in with 13 points for Toronto, which got 12 points and 13 boards from Ed Davis.

"I was really into the game," Barbosa said. "I was in the flow tonight."

Danny Granger finished with 25 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have dropped six in a row. Tyler Hansbrough tallied 20 points and seven boards.

Ahead by two, 27-25, with under a minute to play in the first quarter, the Raptors got five consecutive points from Barbosa. Jeff Foster stopped the bleeding with a layup to make it a 32-27 game after 12 minutes.

Toronto started the second period on an 11-2 run to create some distance. Barbosa tallied nine points during the surge, including a three-pointer with 10 minutes left to make it 43-29.

The Raptors led by as many as 16 in the second and took a 62-48 margin into the locker room.

Indiana chipped away at its deficit and was down by just seven, 74-67, on Darren Collison's layup with 4:13 remaining in the third. Toronto, though, scored the next seven points to build an 81-67 margin.

Brandon Rush's trey cut the gap to 83-73 heading to the fourth.

Sonny Weems' three-pointer with 7:45 to play gave the Raptors a 97-82 lead. But the Pacers responded with a 12-3 burst to get within six, 100-94, on Josh McRoberts' layup with 4:15 remaining.

Toronto scored the next four points to build a 10-point cushion. Indiana never got closer than six the rest of the way.

"I can't figure (the slow starts) out, to be honest with you," Hansbrough said. "It's just something that we have to take upon ourselves, to come out and have better starts and be prepared better."

Game Notes

Indiana had won three straight against the Raptors. The Pacers have lost five in a row in Toronto...Indiana has dropped five straight on the road...The Raptors were without forward Amir Johnson (ankle)...Collison had 13 points and seven assists in defeat...Toronto shot 53.1 percent from the field.