Coming out sluggish at home doomed the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors, with a seven-point first quarter deficit becoming 17 early in the second quarter. Indiana could never draw the game to within single digits despite improving the defensive effort in the second half. The Pacers had 17 turnovers leading to 26 Toronto points on a night the Raptors barely climbed above 40%.
Paul George had an off-night from the floor, shooting 6-19, missing his first seven three point attempts, leading the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Turner had a solid night with 17 points off the bench and three blocks. George Hill reached double figures with 13. The Pacers once again held DeMar DeRozan (6-19) and Kyle Lowry (8-21) to poor shooting nights, but free throws for DeRozan (7-9) and three pointers for Lowry (four) proved just enough to help Toronto still work towards the victory.
Indiana now trails the best of seven series 1-2, giving home court advantage back to Toronto. Game 4 is a clear must-win for Indiana to extend the series back to Indiana, tipping off 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.