Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors Preview
The Toronto Raptors aim to ride the momentum of a comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers and extend their franchise-best winning streak to 13 games on Friday when the teams complete a home-and-home series in Indianapolis. Serge Ibaka’s 3-pointer capped the Raptors’ rally from a 10-point deficit in the final 2:27 of the fourth quarter in a 119-118 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday.
Ibaka scored 15 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, which avenged its 120-115 overtime loss at Indiana on Dec. 23. Kyle Lowry collected 30 points and nine assists in that game and had 32 and 10, respectively, in the Wednesday win over the Pacers.
Indiana Pacers Preview
The Indiana Pacers aim to avert a season-high fourth straight loss and snap the Toronto Raptors’ franchise-best, 12-game winning streak on Friday when the teams complete a home-and-home series in Indianapolis. The Pacers, who also lost three in a row to begin the season, matched that total on Wednesday after blowing a 19-point, second-half lead in a 119-118 setback to the Raptors.
Malcolm Brogdon sank 10 of 14 shots from the floor to finish with a team-high 24 points after making 21 of 56 shots (37.5 percent) over his previous five games. Meanwhile, Victor Oladipo is 13 of 53 (24.5 percent) in four games following an extended absence caused by a ruptured right knee tendon.