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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NBA : Resilient Raptors Take 3-2 Lead Into Indiana

They were down by double-digits through most of Game 5, but the Toronto Raptors dominated the fourth quarter to win 102-99 Tuesday night over the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers still managed to cash in as 7-point road dogs, but they'll be behind the 8-ball Friday night when they host Toronto in Game 6, game time to be determined.

This Eastern Conference quarterfinal has seen each team make multiple adjustments to gain an advantage over the other. On Tuesday, the Raptors benched Luis Scola and started Patrick Patterson at power forward; it wasn't effective, as Patterson posted a minus-20 after struggling at both ends. However, Indiana committed 14 turnovers to Toronto's seven, handing the game and the series back to the Raptors.

Game 5 also saw the two teams go over the closing total of 194 points, up from 192 at the open. The under was 4-0 in this series and 24-10 in the playoffs going into Tuesday's action. Paul George helped change that with 39 points for Indiana, while Toronto's DeMar Derozan finally broke out of his shooting slump, scoring 34 points on 10-of-22 from the floor and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.

NBA : Resilient Raptors Take 3-2 Lead Into Indiana

NBA : Pacers up Against It in Game 6
The Indiana Pacers had Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal well in hand, but they gave it back to the Toronto Raptors, losing 102-99 as 7-point road dogs to fall behind 3-2 in this series. Game 6 is Friday night (tip-off time TBD) at the Fieldhouse.

Game 5 was the first of the series to go over the posted total, which closed at 194 points after first hitting the NBA odds board at 192. This was despite the Raptors shooting 6-of-26 (23.1%) from the perimeter. DeMar DeRozan made up for it with a team-high 34 points for Toronto.

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