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NBA Playoffs final score: Raptors bounce back vs. Pacers 98-87, series tied 1-1

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Paul George had 28 and Monta Ellis had 15, but no one else could step up big for Indiana as they fall in Game 2 to Toronto.

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The Indiana Pacers got a desperate Toronto Raptors team in Game 2, unable to withstand waves of big time shot making from Jonas Valanciunas early and Cory Joseph and Patrick Patterson late. The Raptors jumped by as many as 18 in the second quarter, but the Pacers clawed back to within four by the third quarter. A flurry by Toronto early in the fourth made it a blowout, sending the Pacers into the loss column heading back to Indianapolis tied 1-1.

Paul George had another big game with 28 points while Monta Ellis scored 15, but the Toronto bench made the difference, outscoring Indiana's 45-33. The second half was a struggle for Indiana on both ends, but a failure to keep Toronto off the free throw line in the fourth quarter and another night struggling on the glass (12-6 offensive rebounding difference) made things too difficult on Indiana. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan continued to struggle shooting, but Lowry worked his way to to the line with a perfect 10-10 night.

The Pacers still hold home court advantage as the series shifts back to Indiana for Game 3 on Thursday.