Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors erased an Indiana Pacers 17-point lead on Monday night to win 99-96.
Kyle Lowry missed his third straight game with a left thigh contusion, and Serge Ibaka sat out due to right knee swelling. Norman Powell returned from his injury, playing for the first time since November 4th.
Kawhi Leonard recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Pascal Siakam scored 17, Greg Monroe started his first game of the season and scored 13. Fred VanVleet finished with 11 points, scoring nine of them in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors went 7-30 from three-point range, with VanVleet and OG Anunoby scoring five of those seven three-pointers.
The Indiana Pacers had five players score in double-digits, including Victor Oladipo who led team scoring with 20 points. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18, and went 3-6 from three. Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to record a double-double, scoring 12 and rebounding 10.
The Pacers had trouble holding onto the ball, as they had 20 turnovers.
Kawhi Leonard has been consistent on both sides of the ball this season, showing his defensive tenacity and offensive power.
The Raptors first lead of the game came early in the first quarter, leading 5-4. Toronto were then down 17 points during the third quarter, but found a way to get themselves back into the game in the fourth.
Leonard got things going with a strong dunk with his weaker left hand, switching the ball in mid-air.
VanVleet hit what was the game-winning shot with a three-pointer from a team effort play.
Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak with the win over Indiana, and are now 24-9.
The Raptors play the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second last time this season, and the last meeting at Scotiabank Arena. Tip-off is set for Friday at 7 p.m.
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