|Date of game: 1/1/2014
Recap: Toronto vs. Indiana
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 95-82 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Terrence Ross added 18 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 13 points and 14 assists for the Raptors, winners in four straight.
Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points and nine rebounds in the win.
When asked of his feelings toward the Raptors' 15-15 record, head coach Dwane Casey said, "It's not about me. I'll be coaching long after these players are here so it's about them right now. It's important in this league to have swagger, but it's nothing if you can't keep this consistency."
Roy Hibbert scored 16 points and Paul George added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
Indiana committed a season-high 23 turnovers.
"We beat ourselves," Hibbert said. "We turned the ball over, we weren't doing our defensive assignments. They were the better team tonight, I can honestly say that."
Tyler Hansbrough, who played the first four years of his career with the Pacers before signing with the Raptors in the offseason, broke a 72-72 tie with his layup at the 7:19 mark of the fourth to ignite a 12-3 run that put the hosts up 84-75.
The Raptors cruised from their as their lead swelled as large as 14 down the stretch.
Toronto led 26-18 after the first 12 minutes, but trailed 44-40 at the break. The Pacers went up 58-50 after a Hibbert fadeaway, but the Raptors closed the frame on a 16-5 swing to take a 66-63 lead into the final frame.Game Notes
Toronto scored 32 points off Pacers' turnovers ... Hansbrough scored five
points and pulled down six boards against his former club ... Danny Granger
scored 11 points off the bench for the Pacers ... Indiana was just 13-for-20
from the free throw line.