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Halftime Rewind: Pacers 70, Raptors 60


Toronto got an All-Star back on Monday and the Pacers lost theirs, but nonetheless, Indiana (10-7) led much of the night and held on down the stretch for a 129-114 win to split a two-gam set with the Raptors (7-10).


Jeremy Lamb, playing just his fourth game and his first back-to-back after an 11-month absence after tearing the ACL in his left knee, added 22 points and seven rebounds off the bench, going 7-for-12 from the field, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.


Head coach Nate Bjorkgren went to his bench in the second quarter, opening the frame with five reserves and adding a sixth when he subbed in rookie Cassius Stanley for Edmond Sumner after the latter picked up his second foul.


Toronto eventually tied the game at 86 on Yuta Watanabe's 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter, but Lamb answered with a trey of his own to spark a 7-0 Pacers run.


Brogdon and Myles Turner combined for 17 of 19 points for Indiana (eight of them coming at the free throw line) as the Pacers kept the Raptors at bay.


The Pacers will now hit the road for two straight games in Charlotte before returning to Indianapolis to host Joel Embiid and the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.






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