Toronto Raptors Sweep Back-to-Back Vs. Pacers, Win 13th Straight Game
The Toronto Raptors are in some groove right now and they cannot be stopped.
Of course, you can say that the schedule has gotten easier, which it definitely has, but at the same time, beating the Indiana Pacers in back-to-back games is by means an easy feat. Yet, that was exactly what the Toronto Raptors did, earning their 13th straight victory by a score of 115-106 on Friday night.
“I thought we were into it the whole 48 minutes,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said. “I thought we were playing well enough to maybe get away. You know how those games come down to somebody hits a couple at one end, somebody misses a couple at the other and all of a sudden the game’s over.”
After grinding out a tough win on their home floor on Wednesday night, this game did not feature the same theatrics. Although Kyle Lowry missed the final 14 minutes of the contest with what Nurse described as a whiplash injury, the Raptors were still able to control the majority of the game. Prior to exiting the game, Lowry had 16 points and 11 assists, but once he exited the game, it was Serge Ibaka and undrafted rookie Terence Davis who ensured the Raptors would hold onto the victory.
“We just won the previous game when they were up, just like this,” Terence Davis said after scoring 17 points off the bench. “We didn’t want to make the same mistake.”
Serge Ibaka’s performance was the hot topic of the night as the big man finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win. He has averaged 23.2 points per game in his past six contests, stepping up in a big way in the absence of Marc Gasol. Fred VanVleet also had himself a big night scoring 20 points, while OG Anunoby added 16 points of his own.
“Once again, they just killed us in transition with 27 fast-break points,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ve just got to do a better job taking care of the ball, a better job executing our offence and really playing both sides of the basketball.”
The 38-14 Raptors will look to continue their hot streak as they take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday evening.