INDIANAPOLIS – Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the shortstop Toronto Raptors 114-97 on Friday night.
Caris LeVert scored 19 points for the Pacers, who had seven double-digit scorers. Myles Turner had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Kelan Martin had 15 points and Chris Duarte had 12.
Malcolm Brogdon and Torrey Craig each scored 11 for the Pacers, who led by nine at halftime and were never seriously threatened in the second half.
Brogdon also had 12 assists as the Pacers held a 31-17 advantage in that stat.
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Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 26 points, including four triples. Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam each had 17. The Raptors were without two injured starters for the second straight game.
Martin scored 11 points in the second quarter, including a triple to give the Pacers their biggest lead in the first half at 64-53 with 1:20 to play. Indiana led 66-57 at halftime.
Raptors: G OG Anunoby missed his fifth game in a row with a hip pointer, but is close to making a comeback. “I hope it’s any day,” coach Nick Nurse said. … C Khem Birch (knee) missed his second consecutive game and fifth with a knee injury. … I lost four on this six-game road trip.
Pacers: Improved to 31-16 at home against Raptors. … Second in a 10-game streak with nine at home, where they are 6-3. … Lakers star LeBron James was fined $ 15,000 for an obscene gesture while celebrating a late 3-pointer in overtime against the Pacers on Wednesday.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Raptors: They will host the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
Pacers: They will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
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