Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Game Recap: Raptors 118, Pacers 104

Game Recap

For much of Saturday night, it wasn’t pretty, but the Pacers still found a way to grind out a win.

Indiana (6-6) rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Toronto Raptors (7-7) 36-14 in the fourth quarter in a 118-104 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The result secured a winning homestand for the Pacers, who went 3-1 over the past week.

Buddy Hield had a team-high 22 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting, providing a late flurry of buckets to close out the victory. Myles Turner tallied a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and four more Pacers reached double figures.

“In the second half, we really fought to win the game,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “The game changed when our level of fight and understanding what we needed to do changed.”

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively before starting to find their rhythm midway through the first quarter. Jalen Smith provided a nice spark for the Blue & Gold, scoring seven straight points for the hosts as things started to click.

Rookie Andrew Nembhard then knocked down two threes in the final two-plus minutes of the frame to give Indiana a narrow 28-26 advantage after one.

The Raptors surged ahead early in the ensuing frame, however. Former Pacer Thaddeus Young scored six points during a 16-2 Toronto run that gave the visitors a 45-34 lead.

Five straight points from Turner eventually ended Indiana’s drought. But the Raptors were able to build their lead back to double digits by halftime, taking a 65-52 lead into the intermission.

That led to a very stern halftime message from Carlisle, who said he was quite disappointed with Indiana’s effort after a “very, very ugly first half.”

“I think the great part about Rick as a coach and this organization is we’ve got guys that are honest with each other,” Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton said of Carlisle’s halftime speech. “We have a lot of respect for each other to where we can say the truth and say things that are really going on out there and kind of just get over it. Understanding that it’s not attacking anybody or coming after anybody, but it’s challenging you as a basketball player.”

The message seemingly got through, as the hosts showed signs of life early in the second half. Smith got things started with back-to-back treys. Hield then got to the rim for two points to cap an 8-0 spurt. After a three-point play by Gary Trent Jr., Indiana answered as Turner and Hield buried threes on consecutive possessions. Just like that, the Pacers had trimmed their deficit to 72-68.

That forced a timeout from Toronto head coach Nick Nurse with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter. Indiana kept coming, getting within one at 73-72 following two Turner free throws at 5:55. But the Raptors responded with nine unanswered points, pushing the margin back to double digits on OG Anunoby’s three-point play at 3:34.

The Raptors maintained at least a two-possession cushion for the remainder of the frame, taking a 90-82 lead into the fourth.

Indiana opened the final frame with a 9-2 spurt — the last six in that stretch coming from Oshae Brissett — to quickly climb within one point barely three minutes into the fourth. Indiana finally took the lead with 6:25 to play, as two Brissett free throws put the hosts in front, 100-99.

Isaiah Jackson used his athleticism to add to the lead over the next minute, first clearing out space for a right hand slam in the paint at 5:57, then running the break and throwing down off a dish from Bennedict Mathurin at 5:33.

Haliburton’s 3-pointer at 3:20 and two Turner free throws at 2:23 pushed Indiana’s lead to 109-101. Young responded with a bucket on the other end, but Hield drilled his fourth trey of the night from the top of the key to push the margin up to nine.

The Bahamian bucket-getter wasn’t done there. After another Toronto miss, Hield crossed up Otto Porter Jr. and exploded to the rim for a basket that gave Indiana an 11-point lead with 66 seconds to play, effectively sealing the victory.

Smith finished with 16 points and five rebounds for Indiana. Mathurin tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists off the bench. Fellow reserves Jackson and Aaron Nesmith added 10 points apiece.

Haliburton had a rough shooting night, managing just eight points, but still provided plenty offensively, dishing out 15 assists.

Anunoby led Toronto — playing on the second night of a back-to-back without its two All-Stars — with 26 points.

Already without All-Star forward Pascal Siakam due to a right adductor strain, the Raptors lost their other All-Star for Saturday’s contest, as point guard Fred VanVleet was ruled out with a non-COVID illness.

Chris Boucher tallied 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, while Young finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, five boards, and three steals.

The Pacers will hit the road for two games next week, visiting Charlotte on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday before returning to Indianapolis for another four-game homestand.

Inside the Numbers

Hield topped 20 points for the sixth time in his past eight games. He has also made at least five threes six times over that span.

Turner recorded a double-double for the third straight game and the fourth time in his last six contests.

Haliburton went just 3-for-14 from the field and 2-for-9 from 3-point range. His eight points were a season low, but his 15 assists were a season high.

Indiana outscored the Raptors by 36 points from beyond the arc. The Pacers went 19-for-43 (44.2 percent) from 3-point range, while Toronto was just 7-for-35 (20 percent).

The Pacers won despite committing 21 turnovers to the Raptors’ 12.

Postgame Media Availability: Nov. 12, 2022

You Can Quote Me On That

“We’re a group that enjoys playing with each other, we’re a group that enjoys being around each other. That’s important. If you don’t have that camaraderie in the locker room or the synergy on the court, it’s a lost cause.” -Turner on the togetherness in Indiana’s locker room

“I thought his spirit in the second half was very uplifting for us. We believe he is that kind of leader and he is always going to see things better than they are and humble enough to know when he needs to do better, and all those things happened in the second half.” -Carlisle on Haliburton fighting through an off shooting night

“He’s the point guard. He does everything, facilitate. Even if he’s having a bad night, he finds a way to contribute to the team. I love it.” -Jackson on Haliburton still managing 15 assists

“Oshae demonstrated what a professional is. He just puts his head down and does the work…he has tremendous heart and keeps working, even when he isn’t playing he encourages his teammates.” -Carlisle on Brissett’s contributions to the rally

“It always feels great to see the work show for itself and I love playing basketball and I know my teammates will do the same for me on the sidelines when I’m out there.” -Brissett on staying engaged even while he hasn’t been playing much

Stat of the Night

The Pacers held Toronto to just 14 points in the fourth quarter, the lowest point total by an Indiana opponent in any quarter this season and the first time in the first 12 games that the Blue & Gold held a team under 20 points in a quarter.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers debuted their new City Edition uniforms, which were unveiled on Thursday, against Toronto.
  • Pacers forward James Johnson was unavailable for the first time this season due to back soreness.
  • Indiana won for the first time this season after trailing entering the fourth quarter. The Blue & Gold were 0-5 prior to Saturday in those games.

Up Next

Indiana travels to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 PM ET.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to tip off their next homestand against Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets >>



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