Granger, Pacers edge RaptorsDec 29, 2011 - 2:44 AM Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Danny Granger finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, while four other Pacers ended in double figures as Indiana slipped past the pesky Toronto Raptors, 90-85, at Air Canada Centre.
Paul George poured in 18 points on 4-of-7 from three-point range, while key offseason acquisition David West scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for Indiana, which is 2-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
Darren Collison netted 10 points and dished out 12 assists, while Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.
"Toronto played a good game down the stretch," Collison said. "It was a good test for us."
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 22 points -- all in the second half -- and Andrea Bargnani finished with 21 points. Jerryd Bayless contributed 13 points off the bench and Amir Johnson pulled down 10 rebounds for Toronto, which failed to carry momentum over after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-96, in its season opener on Monday.
Trailing by eight with 2:19 to go in regulation, DeRozan drained a three and Bargnani converted a three-point play on Toronto's next possession to cut the deficit to two, 83-81 with 1:35 to play.
On Indiana's next possession following a timeout, Granger nailed a three to put the Pacers back up by five, and a jumper by West with nine seconds to play cemented the victory for Indiana.
"I thought we played hard," DeRozan said. "We got a few calls that didn't go our way in the first half, but we fought hard to get back in the game like we had to."
After a poorly played first quarter, in which Indiana made only one of its first six shots and shot 35 percent from the field and Toronto shot only 29 percent from the floor, the Pacers held an 18-11 advantage.
Toronto opened the second stanza with a 10-3 run to tie the game at 21 with 9:30 to go before the break.
After a media timeout, George drained a three-pointer to put the Pacers up 24-21, but a three-pointer by Bargnani gave the Raptors a slim 32-30 edge with 3:35 left in the half.
The Pacers then used an 8-0 run over the next two-plus minutes to take a 38-32 lead with 1:07 to play. They led 38-34 at the break.
Midway through the third, a jumper by West gave the Pacers a seven-point advantage, 50-43, and a pair of free throws by Tyler Hansbrough put Indiana up by 12, 59-47 with 2:36 to go in the third quarter.
Indiana shot 47 percent in the third stanza and ended the quarter holding an eight-point edge, 63-55.
A dunk by Dahntay Jones early in the final quarter gave the Pacers their largest lead of the night at 14, and Indiana remained comfortably ahead until the late stages of the game.
Toronto had won eight of its last 10 home openers going back to 2001...The victory snapped Indiana's five-game losing streak against Toronto at the Air Canada Centre...Indiana shot 40 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three-point land, while Toronto shot 46 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc...Hansbrough finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
- INDIANA: 90
Dec 28 8:30 PM
- INDIANA: 63
End of 3rd
Dec 28 7:50 PM
- INDIANA: 38
Dec 28 7:10 PM
- INDIANA: 18
End of 1st
Dec 28 6:38 PM
- INDIANA: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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