Toronto Raptors Obliterate Pacers by 46 Points in Preparation for Bucks
The Indiana Pacers did not have a chance.
Tonight, they never had a chance.
What we saw on Sunday night from the Toronto Raptors was complete and utter dominance. Tonight was more than just a win – it was an annihilation. Taking care of business at home in a statement way, the Raptors routed the Pacers by a score of 127-81. The 46 point win marks the largest margin of victory in Raptors franchise history.
“[We were] flying and executing the coverages, [the] ball was popping, and every single guy that went in there was on, ready to go,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said following the win.
In what was the most dominant showing of the reigning NBA champions’ season to date, the Raptors showed no mercy for their opponents. Holding the Pacers to just three points through the first eight minutes of the game and to under 20 percent shooting from the field through the opening quarter, the Raptors kept piling on as the game went on.
“We played well, our defence, and they missed some shots early, they missed some layups, and we just kinda played really physical and kept our pace up early,” said Kyle Lowry, who finished the night three rebounds shy of a triple-double. “So it was a good start for us.”
Unloading the entire bench early in the fourth quarter, the Raptors saw six players finish in double-digits, including Pascal Siakam who led the way with 21 points and Matt Thomas who caught fire in the fourth quarter to finish the night with 17 points off the bench. Serge Ibaka added a 15 point, 15 rebound performance in the win.
Defensively, the Raptors were flying all over the court. They were blocking shots, getting their hands out into passing lanes, staying crisp with their rotations, and consistently applying pressure to the Pacers all evening. They refused to give up anything easy at the rim and finished the night +18 on the glass.
“The defence starts with a lot of desire to do it, so there’s a big desire to do it, so there’s a big ‘want to’ out of this group to play it,” said Nurse.
Tonight was very much a basketball clinic, but the Raptors will need to follow this up on Tuesday, when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to Toronto for the first time since the night the Raptors clinched their first ever Finals berth.