Pacers use big 4th quarter to beat Raptors

Buddy Hield scored 22 points, Myles Turner had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers used a dominating fourth quarter to beat the Toronto Raptors 118-104 on Saturday night.

Tyrese Haliburton had a 3-for-14 shooting night with 15 assists for the Pacers, who outscored the Raptors 36-14 in the final 12 minutes.

“The game changed when our fight changed,” Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. “Every distraction you can imagine, we had a reason to complain about something in the first half. It was lousy. It’s not the culture we’re building. The second half felt like us. is a victory that feels good.”

Jalen Smith finished with 16 points and rookie Bennedict Mathurin had 15 for Indiana.

“I thought we had enough stops to be able to run,” Haliburton said. “Law of averages, they will fall. We stayed with it and played with better aggression in the second half.”

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Pacers fourth quarter too big for Raptors

A 36-point fourth quarter by Indiana was too much for the Raptors as the Pacers beat Toronto 118-104.

OG Anunoby scored 26 points for the shorthanded Raptors, who led 90-82 after three quarters before the Pacers smashed them as Toronto tied their season-fewest quarter.

Missing the injured Pascal Siakam and the ailing Fred VanVleet, Toronto shot 6 for 21 in the final period, missing eight of nine 3-point attempts.

The surprising Pacers made 19 3-pointers to come back to .500.

“You’ll never win a game if you’re down 19-7 from the 3-point line,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “A lot of these things happened in the transition. A lot of them happened in the second half. We didn’t recover enough in the transition.”

After Toronto took a 15-minute lead in the opening minute of the third quarter, the Pacers raced 20-6 to get back into the game. The Raptors eventually drew a third foul on Turner, forcing him to sit out the final four minutes, and took an eight-point lead in the final period.

Hield had all three shots in the fourth, including both 3-point attempts. Haliburton made one with his feet just in front of the Pacers logo at midcourt to give Indiana a 107-101 lead with 3:17 to go.

“We had a really bad fourth quarter,” Nurse said. “Everything went their way, and nothing went our way.”

Haliburton finished with eight points and six rebounds for Indiana, which shot 50% from the field to overcome 21 turnovers.

Toronto shot 39%.

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