DeRozan leads Raptors past Pacers, 74-72

Associated Press Published: November 13, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Raptors had all of the excuses in the world. The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, didn't.

Jose Calderon scored with 4:05 left in the first quarter to give Toronto a 19-17 lead and the Raptors led the rest of the way, holding on to beat the Pacers 74-72 on Tuesday night to snap a four game skid.

DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Toronto had a franchise-low five points in the fourth quarter.

"We were tired," Calderon said. "I think that's why we started missing shots and making bad decisions. I think everybody started getting into a little bit of a rush because we were trying to win the game, but maybe the legs weren't there anymore."

The Raptors, on the back end of their third back-to-back of the season, lost to the Utah Jazz 140-133 on Monday and arrived in Indianapolis at 3 a.m. before playing the Pacers.

Toronto was also short-handed with injuries to Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle), Landry Fields (right hand/wrist) and Alan Anderson (sprained left foot).

"We were exhausted," DeRozan said. "But it's about gutting it out. We had to rely on something, and it wasn't our offense tonight. It was all mental and heart."

DeRozan and Calderon each had 10 points in the first half for the Raptors, who led 69-58 heading into the fourth and hit only one field goal the rest of the way, also a franchise low.

"We were doing a good job for like three quarters, three quarters and a half," Calderon said. "There's always those few minutes, five, six minutes and the other teams make a huge run and just lose it."

Things were different against the Pacers (3-5).

George Hill scored 18 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Paul George had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, who have lost four of the last five.

Indiana went on a 9-0 run in the fourth and pulled to 74-72 with 1:02 left in the game. Neither team scored again.

"We got good looks at the end, but it was really frustrating that we couldn't get the ball to go down," Hill said. "Tonight it seemed like we were lacking energy, not as individuals, but as a group."

The Pacers missed five shots in the remaining 22 seconds with a chance to tie or take a lead.

"It was hard for us to put the ball in the hole," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "We've got multiple guys in shooting slumps right now. We're getting a number of open looks at the rim and they're not going down."

The Pacers shot 32 percent against the Raptors and were 5 for 24 in the fourth quarter.

The Pacers continue to struggle without forward Danny Granger, who is expected to miss up to three months with a left patellar tendinitis.

When it was over, Calderon threw his hands up in the air as the Raptors finally captured their second win of the season.

"I was really happy to get the win," Calderon said. "It was crazy. We were hitting people, but the ball always went back to the white team and I was like, 'this cannot be possible.'"

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