There’s something about the state of Indiana that just suits these Raptors.
For the second time this season, the Raptors arrived in Indianapolis serious underdogs and walked out a winner.
The Pacers came into this one looking to improve on a 15-game home winning streak but the visitors would not cooperate, eventually leaving with a hard-fought 100-98 overtime victory.
The fact that the Raptors now have two of the four wins by opponents at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season is unfathomable.
But no one can say the Raptors weren’t full value for this one.
The fact that it was game-closer and newest Raptor Rudy Gay sinking the winning basket only made it sweeter, but this game was about far more than just Gay.
Yes, Gay did have 17 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined, but it took a lot more than just one hot shooter to get the Raptors over the hump.
Whether it was DeMar DeRozan (22 points) attacking the basket like it had done his family harm in the early going, or Jonas Valanciunas (14 points, 13 rebounds) mounting a one-man attack against all would-be rebounders under the basket at both ends of the floor, or even Amir Johnson (14 points, 14 rebounds) putting in his normal workmanlike effort with yet another double-double, there was no shortage of pushback in these Raptors tonight.
Raptors beat Pacers in OT
Toronto Sun | Feb 9