Chris Bosh, Raptors Beat Pacers for Fifth Straight Win


TORONTO — Chris Bosh had 26 points
and 15 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani scored 17 points and the Toronto
Raptors won their fifth straight game, beating the Indiana Pacers
117-102 on Sunday night.

Former Pacers guard Jarrett Jack
scored 16 points and was one of seven Raptors to reach double figures
as Toronto shot a season-best 60.2 percent (50 for 83) and topped 100
points for the 13th straight game.

Luther Head scored 15 points as Indiana lost its third straight. Troy Murphy and Brandon Rush each had 14.

Danny Granger came in averaging
nearly 30 points in his past three games against Toronto but was
ineffective in this one, shooting 3-for-13 and scoring just eight

The Pacers, who overcame a 23-point,
second-quarter deficit to beat Toronto 105-101 on Jan. 11 in
Indianapolis, trailed 95-86 through three quarters before tying it on
Head's 3-pointer with 7:59 left, capping an 11-2 run to start the

Bosh made three baskets as the
Raptors replied with an 8-1 spurt, making it 105-98 with 5:39
remaining, and Toronto wasn't challenged again.

Bargnani, hampered by a sore foot and
held to just two points in Thursday's 106-104 victory at New York,
started for Toronto but rookie DeMar DeRozan (sprained right ankle)
missed his third straight game, with Sonny Weems taking his place and
scoring a career-high 13 points.

Hedo Turkoglu, who had season highs
of 26 points and 11 rebounds Thursday at New York, was knocked out in
the first minute of this one when he took an elbow in the face from
Mike Dunleavy. Turkoglu, who had swelling over his right eye, went for
X-rays and did not return.

Jose Calderon scored 10 points in the second quarter and Jack added six more as Toronto led 63-59 at the half.

Toronto pulled away in the third behind 12 points from Bosh and seven from Bargnani, taking a 95-86 edge into the fourth.

The Raptors shot 59.2 percent
in a 131-124 loss at San Antonio on Nov. 9. … Toronto visits Indiana
on Tuesday night. … The Raptors welcomed 400 members of the Canadian
military as part of Troops Night celebrations.

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