Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 20th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 4: Friday, January 31st

Raptors 84

(2-4, 0-3 away)

Pacers 108

(5-1, 4-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 9, 2002

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 27 30 11 1684
    IND 19 25 30 34108

    Top Performers

    Toronto: V. Lenard 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Indiana: B. Miller 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Pacers pull away from Raptors in second half

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Isiah Thomas used a motivational halftime speech to get the Indiana Pacers refocused against the shorthanded Toronto Raptors.

    Brad Miller

    After trailing by 13 at intermission, Indiana outscored Toronto by 37 points in the second half to defeat the Raptors 108-84.

    "We had an emotional speech from coach at halftime, and I think our concentration level from that really picked up in the second half. We really worked harder on our defense, and I think that, in turn, helped the offense get started,'' Jermaine O'Neal said.

    The Raptors played without injured starters Vince Carter and Antonio Davis, but Voshon Lenard scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half to help Toronto take a 13-point lead.

    Brad Miller scored 23 points as five Indiana starters reached double figures. Ron Artest added 17, O'Neal had 15 points and 16 rebounds, Al Harrington scored 14 points and Jamaal Tinsley 13.

    The Pacers improved to 5-1, their best start after six NBA games since joining the league for the 1976-77 season. Indiana started four of its first five ABA seasons with a mark of at least 5-1.

    "If everybody does their job, there's no way we can lose,'' O'Neal said. "We knew we couldn't come out any flatter than we did in the first half.

    Indiana trailed 57-44 at the half, then scored the first seven points of the third quarter to begin a 21-7 run that produced a 65-64 lead. The Pacers finished the period with a 9-2 run for a 74-68 lead. Artest, Harrington, O'Neal and Miller scored 28 of the Pacers' 30 third-quarter points.

    "I think we were all displeased with the first half,'' Thomas said. "The defensive effort (in the second half) was great. Whenever there was a breakdown, we covered for it with our energy and effort.''

    Miller scored six points and Mercer four as the Pacers put the game away with a 15-0 run midway through the fourth quarter that left them ahead 95-73 with 4:26 to play.

    Alvin Williams and Greg Foster scored 12 points each, and Michael Bradley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors.

    Lenard shot 7-of-11 in the first half and Alvin Williams was 4-of-6.

    Raptors' coach Lenny Wilkens, who had just nine players healthy enough to play, was wary of the Pacers

    "We lost our intensity. That really hurt us,'' Wilkens said. "Their big guys really hurt us, too. They made a run, and we knew that they were going to, because all good teams make a run.

    "They came at us, and our big men gave them position. We can't let guys get position like that.''

    Indiana outrebounded the Raptors 52-38 and outscored Toronto 54-30 in the paint.

    Game notes

    Miller leads all NBA centers in free throws attempted (59) and free throws made (50). He was 7-for-10 Saturday... Lindsey Hunter averaged 19 points in his three previous games, seven above his season average, but managed just two points against the Pacers. ...Including the first six games of this season, O'Neal has scored 10 or more points in 42 straight games, the longest active streak on the Pacers' roster.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 108
    FGM-FGA 32-86 (.372) 42-87 (.483)
    3PM-3PA 4-15 (.267) 6-10 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 18-28 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-38 13-52
    Assists 16 26
    Turnovers 14 15
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Voshon Lenard Lenard
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1