The Raptors did something tonight they've been struggling with of late. They took care of business with solid play from the whole roster against a weaker team.
Rolling into Indy on the first night of a away-home back-to-back, the Raps needed this win to keep the win streak going and set up a positive outlook for this stretch of four games in five nights. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan looked like their old selves, as DeRozan led the team in scoring and Lowry flirted with a triple double dropping 19 points, seven boards and eight assists.
After another flat first quarter in which the Raps were out competed on both ends of the floor by the pesky Pacers squad, it was once again the bench that sparked the comeback and took control of the game. The 20-0 second quarter run showcased the best of the Raptors bench. Lou Williams was drawing fouls and knocking down free throws, (sleeveless) Terrence Ross was creating and knocking down shots on the offensive side of the ball and played competent defensively. Patrick Patterson also made some shots and held his own on the defensive glass, and even Tyler Hansbrough made a layup!
As all Raptor fans know, the third quarter has been the other weak point this season. In many games the other team has come out of the half with a fire lit under them and evaporated Raptor leads due to their lethargic play. This wasn't the case tonight, as the starters came out with their own energy and after Indy cut the deficit to single digits turned it back on and cruised through the second half.
Based off tonight, the Raptors are back in full force, and will need to keep up the level of play tomorrow as the Kings roll into town featuring legendary Raptor killer Boogie Cousins, Canadian rookie Nik Stauskas and of course, Rudy Gay.
What did you guys think of the game?