George leads Pacers over Raptors

George regrouped from a 2-for-9 shooting performance in the first half Saturday by hitting 10 of 13 attempts in the final two quarters on the way to 33 points as in stole homecourt advantage with a 100-90 win.

It was a dispiriting start to the post-season for the Raptors, who notched a franchise-record 56 regular season victories to win a third straight Atlantic Division title - achievements that will count for little if they can't win a seven-game playoff series for the first time in club history. They missed 12 free throws, allowed Paul George to go off for 27 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and got just 25 combined from Lowry and DeRozan, who shot 25 per cent. I said this on Twitter, and I'll say it here: play good music and get the hell out of the way. "The biggest reason we won", Frank Vogel said afterwards. "And we still had a chance to win".

Both teams may make a similar number of hustle plays, as the National Basketball Association defines them, but just being able to turn a few of them into points can have a huge impact on the game.

The Indiana Pacers will meet again the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre in Game 2 of their playoffs series. "It's been a long road for him in terms of actually getting back to the court but before his injury, we were in the conference finals".

Toronto dropped to 0-8 in the first game of an opening round playoff series.

Even more impressive than George's overflowing stat sheet, though, is how he controlled the game as it hung in the balance. "I want to be that gnat on a hot summer day when you're barbecuing and it just won't get out of your face". "I've been here before being the low seed my rookie year, so this is nearly new to me", George said.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey said that Carroll is one of the best wing defenders in the league and the team will need him to spend some time guarding George.

Paul George came alive for IN in the second half, and particularly IN the fourth quarter. "I don't think they're going to shoot like that again".

Game 2 is Monday night.

To make matters worse, Toronto shot 38 percent from the field against the Pacers in Game 1 (4-19 from 3). Cory Joseph led the team in scoring with 18 points on five of six shooting off the bench while Jonas Valanciunas added 12 points and 19 rebounds before fouling out after just 21 minutes, but the Raptors simply needed much more from their starting backcourt duo who were great throughout most of the regular season.

The Raptors' small forward has only recently returned to the lineup after missing two-thirds of the season following knee surgery.

A pair of free throws by Bismack Biyombo tied it at 76-all with 6:46 left in the fourth quarter but Rodney Stuckey answered with a 3 for Indiana. Before today, I had the Raptors winning this thing in five, with Paul George and the Pacers maybe stealing game 3 or 4 at the fieldhouse.

They were handled on the boards, 52-38, but the difference was from beyond the arc. We saw that on Saturday as Toronto had 19 turnovers in the game, 11 of which were steals.

Valanciunas had eight points and nine rebounds in the first and the Raptors made seven of 10 free throw attempts to lead 24-19 after one.

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