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Toronto Raptors Blow Out Pacers, Secure First Home Win of the Season

The Toronto Raptors earned their first home win of the season.

Believe me, I know, it will be a tough season given the early inconsistencies that we have seen from this young and transitioning Raptors team, but with that being said, it is important to take away the positive developments that come along the way.

Wednesday night was an example of the positive, as the Raptors crushed the Indiana Pacers by a score of 118-100.

Led by Fred VanVleet’s 26 points and 10 rebounds, the Raptors saw a number of strong performances across the board. Rookie Scottie Barnes logged in yet another fabulous night, pouring in 18 points, grabbing seven boards and dishing out seven assists. OG Anunoby scored 25 points while second round pick Dalano Banton scored a career high 10 points in 16 minutes of play.

“With Coach Nurse and also (assistant) coach Earl [Watson], they put me in positions to be successful, and they know that going up and down is one of my strengths, and playing with pace is just better for the whole team, me getting up the court, getting guys in their spots,” said Banton. “I feel like just being able to run, we’ll play at our best. We have a lot of athletic guys with a lot of length, and a lot of guys who can hit shots as well. So if we just continue to play with pace, the sky is going to be the limit for us. Whenever I come in, I’m going to try and do that and do whatever I can to help win.”

Beating the Pacers in each quarter, the Raptors shot a tremendous 47-percent from long range, were a plus-18 in points in the paint and forced the Pacers into 22 turnovers. The Raptors also continued to dominate the offensive glass, turning boards into a plus-12 second chance points edge on the night.

Rebounding was a definite liability coming off last season and early on, it very much appears that the Raptors have all but solved that issue. The concern will surely continue to be the offense as the Raptors continue to search for a viable replacement for Kyle Lowry.

All the Raptors can do is continue to build on the good and they will get the chance to do exactly that on Friday when they take on the Orlando Magic.

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