Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/12
INDIANAPOLIS -- Who needs rest after playing a triple-overtime game the night before? Evidently not the Toronto Raptors, who edged the Indiana Pacers 74-72 Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse despite getting outscored 14-5 in the fourth quarter. "Our defense carried us," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Defense will travel well. If your defense is not rolling, you're going to get beat by 20." The Pacers had four chances to tie or win the game in final 38 seconds but missed them all. David West, George Hill and Paul George (twice) missed shots. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 15 points. Hill led all scorers with 18 points. The Raptors lost 140-133 in triple-overtime to the Utah Jazz on Monday night in Toronto. "We were exhausted," DeRozan said, "but it's about gutting it out. We had to rely on something, and it wasn't our offense tonight." The Raptors gave the Pacers every opportunity to get back in the game, but Indiana couldn't take advantage because of turnovers, bad shots or blown defensive stops. Thanks to their own miscues, the Pacers went into the final quarter trailing by 11. Getting field goals was almost impossible for the Pacers, who shot 32 percent (24-for-75). They went 7 minutes, 29 seconds between field goals in a span that stretched from the third quarter to the fourth, but they made a charge in the final five minutes of the game. The Pacers set a franchise record by holding the Raptors to five points in the fourth quarter. However, Indiana couldn't take advantage at the other end, shooting just 21 percent in the last 12 minutes. "Give credit to Toronto for playing a gutsy game after a tough loss (against Utah)," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "That situation happens a lot of the time, and a team is so disgruntled (after playing a triple-overtime game). They played their hardest game of the year." Power forward Tyler Hansbrough sparked the Pacers' late rally by drawing two offensive fouls. Hill made two consecutive strong drives to the basket to help Indiana get within 71-68. Hill's last bucket was a scoop shot between two Raptors defenders. DeRozan ended a six-minute Toronto scoring drought when he went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line to push the Raptors' lead to 72-68 with 3:16 left. "We got good looks at the end, but it was really frustration that we couldn't get the ball to go down," Hill said. "Tonight it seemed like we were lacking energy, not as individuals, but as a group." The Pacers opened the game on a tear, looking like a team ready to run the Raptors out the building. Indiana scored nine of the first 11 points and 13 of the first 17 points to lead by nine points less than four minutes into the game. However, that's when everything changed for the Raptors. They suddenly woke up, found their legs and took control of the game. Toronto didn't buckle under the early pressure. Instead the Raptors went on a 23-6 run to go up by eight with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. The Raptors shot almost 71 percent from the field in the first quarter, but they wound up at just 36.1 percent (26-for-72) for the game. The Pacers got Toronto's lead down to four early in the second quarter, but the Raptors bounced back. Toronto led by 10 points in spurts through the final four minutes of the half. Indiana looked like a frustrated team, while Toronto played with a pep in its step the entire half. Toronto went into halftime with a 46-36 lead. The starting backcourt of DeRozan and Jose Calderon had 10 points each in the first half for Toronto. George and West had seven each for the Pacers before the break. NOTES: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (ankle) and swingman Landry Fields (hand) went to New York to get second opinions on their injuries. The Raptors don't have a timetable on when either player will return to the lineup. ... The Raptors didn't arrive in Indianapolis until after 2 a.m. following their marathon home game against the Jazz. ... Vogel said he plans to keep a nine-man rotation for now after it was effective in a victory over the Washington Wizards on Nov. 9. Forward Sam Young, who started three games, is no longer in the rotation.
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