Pacers blow 19-point lead and lose 6 in row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Chris Bosh was only the decoy. Once the
Indiana Pacers took the bait, Jalen Rose figured he'd either make a
basket or get fouled.

"It was a play we talked about in the huddle," said Rose, who
drew a foul on Indiana's Stephen Jackson and hit two free throws
with less than a second to go to give Toronto a 98-97 victory over
the struggling Pacers on Wednesday night.

"We had a back-pick for Chris. He got all the attention," Rose
said. "That made Steve react to Chris. I tried to use his momentum
against him and draw a foul. Fortunately for me, I drew the foul
and made the free throws."

Bosh had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Rose added 22 points as
the Raptors rallied from 19 points down in the third quarter to
hand Indiana its sixth straight loss, its longest losing streak in
two years.

The Pacers still appeared to have the game in control after Jeff
Foster was fouled by Donyell Marshall with 1.9 seconds remaining.
Foster hit both free throws for a 97-96 lead, but after a Toronto
timeout, the Raptors inbounded to Rose, who went to the basket, was
fouled by Jackson and hit the winning free throws with 0.4 second
to go.

"We knew those guys were going to contest the shot. That's why
we wanted to get the ball in Jalen's hands," Toronto coach Sam
Mitchell said. "Jalen just made a smart play. He understood he had
plenty of time. That's why the veterans are on the court. They
understand time management and the shot clock."

It was the first victory for Rose in a game at Indiana since he
was traded by the Pacers to Chicago three years ago.

Milt Palacio added 13 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a
steal for the Raptors. Bosh, who matched his career high with 27
points in a loss in Phoenix on Sunday, made a career-high 15 free
throws in 17 attempts against the Pacers.

"I'm smiling because I scored a lot by not taking a lot of
shots," Bosh said. "Nothing fancy. Just take good shots and make
free throws, that's it."

Bosh was 5-of-13 from the field. He also had a career-high nine
offensive rebounds.

Jackson led Indiana with 18 points, but missed his final six
shots as Toronto took the lead in the closing minutes. Foster
scored Indiana's final seven points and finished with 16 points and
12 rebounds.

"It's a disappointing loss. There's not much else I can say,"
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

"I guess the story of the game is in the defensive numbers.
When you're giving up 30 and 32 points (in the third and fourth
quarters), you're not getting the job done at either end."

The Pacers, still trying to find a winning combination, used
their 21st different starting lineup of the season, putting Scot
Pollard at center in place of Foster.

Indiana took an early lead, but two quick fouls on Jermaine
O'Neal and four straight free throws by Bosh brought the Raptors
within one point before Foster entered the game midway through the
first quarter.

Less than 2 minutes later, two free throws by Foster started a
16-point run by Indiana. Austin Croshere had two baskets, Jackson
scored on a fast break, Fred Jones hit two 3-pointers and Foster
added a tip-in off an offensive rebound to give Indiana a 32-15

Toronto came within 11 points in the second quarter, but Jackson
had six points and O'Neal added four as the Pacers again built the
lead to 18 and took a 53-36 edge at halftime. Indiana's biggest
lead was at 55-36 at the start of the third quarter. Toronto cut it
to 71-66 going into the final period and took the lead at 91-90 on
a three-point play by Bosh with under 3 minutes remaining.

"All we can do is keep playing," said O'Neal, who had 15
points and fouled out with 2:20 to go. "We can't get happy when we
have big leads. ... We have to finish strong."

Game notes
Jamaal Tinsley did not play because of a bruised left foot.
The Pacers have lost all seven games this season in which Tinsley
did not start. Often-injured Jonathan Bender played seven minutes
in the second quarter but did not play in the second half because
of a sore right knee. ... Toronto was without guard Rafer Alston,
who finished a two-game suspension by the team for undisclosed
"detrimental" conduct during practice last week. ... Toronto had
lost five straight to Indiana. ... Bosh has made 46 of 56 free
throws in the past four games.