Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
Game 3: Monday, April 11th

Raptors 98

(19-27, 4-20 away)

Pacers 97

(20-24, 10-11 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, February 2, 2005

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 18 18 30 3298
    IND 32 21 18 2697

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 25 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Indiana: J. Foster 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    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 lead.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 97
    FGM-FGA 30-72 (.417) 31-83 (.373)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 4-17 (.235)
    FTM-FTA 31-35 (.886) 31-37 (.838)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-51 20-41
    Assists 17 18
    Turnovers 18 8
    Steals 3 10
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 19

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 25
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Jeff Foster Foster
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1