Fred VanVleet caps late Raptors comeback as Toronto beats Pacers 99-96

Fred VanVleet caps late Raptors comeback as Toronto beats Pacers 99-96

The Pacers responded and were up 96-94 with less than 30 seconds left, at which point Fred VanVleet stepped in and nailed a deep 3-pointer to give the Raptors their first lead since the first two minutes of the first quarter.

VanVleet hit a 3-pointer to put the Raptors within two with 5:21 left, and Siakam tied the game with 4:11 left on a layup.

In the spotlight with Kyle Lowry battling injuries, Kawhi Leonard once again showed that defenses can not plan for him.

Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets (14-18) but it was Russell who exacted revenge on his former team. IN came into the game as the league's hottest team but lacked the intensity, passion and precision that had defined the first part of this season.

For three quarters on Wednesday, the Pacers were a much better offensive team than the previous night versus the Cavs.

That was two very loud points of what ended up being a 99-96 win for the first-place Raptors on Wednesday night, but the ending likely left a sour taste in more than a few Pacers fans' mouths.

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On a night six Cavs players scored in double figures, including Hood, who had 17 points, in shot a dismal 39.8 percent from the field, was 4 of 22 on 3-pointers and lost for the first time this season when allowing fewer than 97 points.

The Pacers' streak was the first time they had won seven consecutive games since January 26-Feb. In those 20 outings, Sexton is averaging 17.7 points, shooting 43 percent from three-point range to go with 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per.

VanVleet has started for the Raptors in the last four games he's played in.

Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, acquired for George, have a lot to do with that, but it isn't just them. "I've got to be better down the stretch". But it wasn't as bad.

Bojan Bogdanovic appeared to be fouled by OG Anunoby on a three-point attempt, but no whistle was blown, and the Pacers lost both games on a back-to-back for the first time this season. "I was glad to hurry up and get back out there". Ibaka has swelling in his knee.

The Raptors, who were playing without starters Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, were led by Kahwi Leonard's 28 points (11-of-23 shooting). Toronto hosts the Cavaliers Friday night.

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