Another game in the NBA as we progress along the 2nd half of the season and the teams work their way toward playoff ratings, an last night the 16th of Mar. 2015 we saw the Toronto Raptors 40-27 (1st Atlantic Division) playing at the Indiana Pacers 30-36 (4th Central Division) in the 3rd game of a 3 game series and this game was played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana at the game tipped-off at 7 PM ET with some 17,060 fans in attendance in a game that had a duration of 2 hours and 12 minutes.
This 3 game series started back on Friday the 12th of Dec. 2014 in Toronto and the Raptors won that game 106-94. The 2nd game was played in Indianapolis on Tues. the 27th of Jan. 2015 and the Raptors also won that game 104-91.
This 3rd game played in Indianapolis, Indiana was won by the Raptors also as the won this 3 game series 3-0 as the beat the Pacers in this game 117-98. The scoring in the game, starting with the 1st quarter saw the Raptors outscore the Pacers 29-24. Then in the 2nd quarter the Pacer outscored the Raptors by 1 point 30-29 as the game went to half-time Toronto 58 Indiana 54 thus the Pacers will start the 2nd half of this game with a 2 point deficit. In the 3rd quarter of the 2nd half the Raptors outscored the Pacers 30-27 and now the Pacers enter the 3rd quarter of the game with a 7 point deficit. In the 4th quarter the Raptors seemed to step up their offense as they outscored the Pacers by 12 points 29-17 with the final score Toronto Raptors 117 and the Indiana Pacers 98.
The top 5 performances for the Raptors in this game came from guard-Williams-24 points 3 rebounds off the bench, guard-Derozan-22 points 3 rebounds 3 assists, guard-Lowry-20 points 11 rebounds 10 assists 3 steals, center-Valanciunas-14 points 12 rebounds 3 blocks and forward-Johnson-11 points 9 rebounds 1 assist and 1 block.
For the Pacer of Indiana the leading 5 performers for them in this game were guard-Hill-23 points 2 rebounds 2 assists 1 steal, guard-Stuckey-20 points 1 rebound 4 assists 1 steal off the bench, center-Hibbert-17 points 7 rebounds 1 assists 2 blocks, guard-Miles-12 points 2 rebounds 1 assist 2 steals 1 block and forward-Hill-11 points 4rebounds 4 assists 2 steals and 1 block.
The team totals for the above categories were; Raptors – 51 rebounds 19 assists 3 steals 4 blocks 11 turnovers Pacers - 36 rebounds 21 assists 7 steals 4 blocks 4 turnovers.
Reviewing the team scoring statistics for this game the Raptors of Toronto scored the winning 117 points in the game as they attempted some 82 field goals making 39 for 47% completion, then on 3-pointers they made 12 of 23 for 52% completion, and on foul shots they made 27 of 33 for an 81% completion. On the other side of the court the Pacers of Indiana scored some 98 points as they attempted 88 field goals making 38 for 43% completion, and on their 3-pointers they made 2 of 19 for 10% completion, while on their foul shots they completed 20 of 25 for an 80% completion rate.
In this game the Toronto Raptors put their recent game struggles behind them, which had been primarily defensive problems, but in this game their defense was solid and the held the Pacers at 43 % and they also outrebounded Indiana in the game with 51 rebounds to the Pacer 36. For those that Bet on NBA at SBG Global or other online sites, the Raptors on Wednesday will play at home against the Timberwolves of Minnesota while the Pacers will play at the Bulls of Chicago!