Pacers win 3rd in row, beating Raptors 86-79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13 to help Indiana hold off Toronto 86-79 Tuesday night.
The Pacers (28-6) won their third straight to retain the NBA's best record.
Toronto (16-17) has lost two straight on the road - at Miami and Indiana - after winning four straight. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan with 28 and Patrick Patterson with 20 against a Pacers team that looked more like itself after losing north of the border last week.
Indiana had a 40-26 scoring advantage in the paint and limited the Raptors to 37 percent shooting from the field.
They closed the first half on an 8-3 spurt to take a 44-36 lead, which they extended to 17 in the third. Toronto couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.
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