There were plenty of smiles to go around after the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors both posted season-opening victories Monday.
There will likely be a more serious tone Wednesday night in Toronto following a controversial end to the 2010-11 series between these clubs.
Playing their first game since the interim tag was removed from coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers defeated Detroit 91-79 on Monday. Indiana shot just 36.8 percent from the field, but it scored 14 second-chance points and held a 53-40 rebounding edge.
Roy Hibbert (16 points and 14 rebounds), Tyler Hansbrough (15 and 13) and newcomer David West (11 and 12) controlled the paint.
"We have the ability to crash the boards," Danny Granger said after scoring 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting. "I think our big guys did an excellent job of dominating the glass, on the offensive end also. We didn't give up too many offensive rebounds (nine). When they can dominate the glass like that, it's going to be hard to beat us."