The Indiana Pacers had enough problems in Toronto on opening night to earn a loss. But when it came down to winning time, the Pacers relied on their veteran go-to guys, in particular David West, to make the plays needed to win.
At the other end of the floor, the Raptors had no such guy to go to. With the Pacers applying pressure during their comeback, the Toronto playmakers that had been torching the Pacers for much of the game, tightened up and seemed willing to let other teammates try to win the game. That led to out-of-sync offense and off-balance shots, as opposed to say, DeMar DeRozan, Jose Calderon or Andrea Bargnani saying, give me the ball, I got this.
That Toronto team is going to be a problem when those young guys mature and get comfortable closing out games. Fortunately for the Pacers, they weren't ready to do it last night.
In case you missed it, here's the game winner along with the links to stories about:
- Pacers at Raptors - Box score, highlights
- Pacers defeat Raptors 90-88 in season opener | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Game Rewind: Pacers 90, Raptors 88 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- A Total Team Effort | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Pacers' Hill scores winner in closing seconds - AP
- Raptors take center stage, Pacers steal spotlight - Reuters
- Pacers: No style points, but a win is a win | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
- Raptors fall to Indiana Pacers in season opener, 90-88 - thestar.com
- Raptors fight hard, but lose to more seasoned Pacers, 90 - 88 - Raptors HQ
- George Hill Game Winner as Indiana Pacers Beat Toronto Raptors 90-88 in Season Opener | Eight Points, Nine Seconds
- Deadspin.com Updates: There Is Something Fishy About Eric Gordon's Knee Injury
- According to Boyle: Taking a Crack at 2012-13 Season Preview | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- FOX Sports South to Deliver Pacers Games to Kentucky in 2012-13 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
- Two reasons Roy Hibbert won’t be dressing up for Halloween | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | theScore.com
- NBA scores: Lakers lose again, James Harden blows up - SBNation.com
- Jrue Holiday signs 4-year extension with Philadelphia 76ers, according to report - SBNation.com
- DeMar DeRozan lands $40M extension with Raptors - Yahoo! Sports
- Hurricane Sandy postpones Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks opener | The Point Forward - SI.com