The Indiana Pacers squandered a 16-point first half lead in their season debut, falling behind by as many as 12 in the fourth quarter, allowing the Toronto Raptors to top Indiana for a 106-99 victory. The Pacers spent the fourth staging a comeback, but despite ties and opportunities to ties, the Pacers could never get over the hump, with Toronto using a 7-0 run to put the game on ice.
The Raptors had three 20-point scorers, led by DeMar DeRozan who hit a tough shot late to kick off the run as part of his 25. George Hill led Indiana with 19, hitting five three pointers, with C.J. Miles putting four as part of his 18. Paul George struggled from the floor on 4-17 shooting, scoring 17 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing eight assists. Rodney Stuckey led the bench with 16 points.
As a team, Indiana shot just 37%, struggling on the glass, getting outrebounded by 10. After an impressive first half defensively, only allowing 37 first half points, Toronto had their way with the Pacers defense, scoring 69 in the second half. Indiana will complete the second half of a back-to-back tomorrow night at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.