They were down by double-digits through most of Game 5, but the Toronto
Raptors dominated the fourth quarter to win 102-99 Tuesday night over
the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers still managed to cash in as 7-point road
dogs, but they'll be behind the 8-ball Friday night when they host
Toronto in Game 6, game time to be determined. Oddsmakers have the
Pacers as 1.5 point favorites and the total is at 194.
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This Eastern Conference quarterfinal has seen each team make multiple
adjustments to gain an advantage over the other. On Tuesday, the Raptors
benched Luis Scola and started Patrick Patterson at power forward; it
wasn't effective, as Patterson posted a minus-20 after struggling at
both ends. However, Indiana committed 14 turnovers to Toronto's seven,
handing the game and the series back to the Raptors.
Game 5 also saw the two teams go over the closing total of 194 points,
up from 192 at the open. The under was 4-0 in this series and 24-10 in
the playoffs going into Tuesday's action. Paul George helped change that
with 39 points for Indiana, while Toronto's DeMar Derozan finally broke
out of his shooting slump, scoring 34 points on 10-of-22 from the floor
and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line.
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