Mathurin and the Pacers defeat Boucher and the Raptors 118-104

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Quebec NBA stars crossed swords on Saturday night and it was Bennedict Mathurin who came out on top.

Mathurin scored 15 points and helped the Indiana Pacers beat Chris Boucher and the Toronto Raptors 118-104.

The Pacers outscored 36-14 in the final 12 minutes.

“The game changed when we showed a desire to win,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. We found a way to complain about all the distractions in the first half. It was annoying. It’s not the culture we’re building. The second half looked like us. It’s a victory that feels good.”

Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Myles Turner had 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory.

Although Tyrese Haliburton had only three of his 14 shots, he had 15 assists.

OG Anunoby scored 26 points for the Raptors, who led 90-82 after three quarters. The final quarter was Toronto’s worst this season.

“We had a really bad fourth quarter,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said. Everything worked for them, and nothing worked for us.”

Boucher had 19 points in the loss and had seven rebounds.

The Raptors were without injured Pascal Siakam and sick Fred VanVleet. They only made six of the last 21 shots in the last quarter. The Queen City club have missed eight of their last nine three-point attempts.

The surprising Pacers had 19 three-pointers to return to a .500 record.

After Toronto took a 15-point lead in the first minute of the third quarter, the Pacers went on a 20-6 run to get back in the game.


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