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Globe Live Media, Monday, January 25, 2021
Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 36 points, while Myles Turner scored 11 of his 21 points in the final eight and a half minutes of the game on Monday as the Indiana Pacers clinched a victory by 129-114 over the Toronto Raptors.
Brogdon also had nine assists and seven rebounds, a day after his worst game of the season. Jeremy Lamb matched his personal best for the season with 22 points as Indiana managed to split the two-game series against the Raptors. The Pacers won this game despite being without star forward Damontis Sabonis with a left knee injury in the first half.
Fran VanVleet led Toronto with 25 points and six rebounds. Norman Powell made 24 points.
The Raptors had to come from behind after going down 70-60 at halftime and tied the score at 86 in the third quarter. They eventually led 102-100 on a Kyle Lowry dunk with 9:46 left in the fourth period.
It did not last long.
Goga Bitadze evened the score on Indiana’s next possession. Turner broke the tie by making one of two free throws and then dropping in a decisive 12-4 run with a flurry late in the game. Brogdon sealed the victory with late free throws.