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Raptors snap five-game skid with win over Pacers

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

TORONTO (AP) -- Jason Kapono scored a season-high 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 101-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

The victory was Toronto's first in four tries since interim coach Jay Triano took over for the first Sam Mitchell on Dec. 3.

Jamario Moon also had a season high with 17 points for Toronto, including a putback dunk on Jermaine O'Neal's miss in the third quarter. O'Neal had 10 points, and Jose Calderon added 11 points and 14 assists.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 22 points, and Troy Murphy had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and Marquis Daniels finished with 21 points. The Pacers have lost four straight and nine of 11.

It was the first meeting between the teams since a six-player trade in June that saw O'Neal join Toronto in exchange for T.J. Ford and Rasho Nesterovic. O'Neal walked off the court with the game ball under his arm as the final buzzer sounded.

Ford, who received a mixture of cheers and boos during pregame introductions, was held to four points before being replaced by Jarrett Jack with just over 5 minutes remaining.

O'Neal, a six-time All-Star in eight seasons with the Pacers, didn't get the chance to make an immediate impact. He picked up two fouls in the first 65 seconds, then spent the next 8 minutes on the bench.

But his hook shot with 9:33 left in the fourth started a 9-0 run that gave Toronto an 88-70 edge, putting the game out of reach.

The teams were tied at 36 with 6:17 left in the first half, but Kapono scored five of his nine second quarter points as the Raptors pulled away with an 11-0 run. Bosh, who also had nine points in the second, made a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to give Toronto a 51-45 lead at the break.

Toronto guard Anthony Parker did not play because of a sprained left ankle, ending his consecutive games streak at 103.

Parker, averaging 10.2 points and 2.9 rebounds this season, last missed a game April 17, 2007, at Detroit. Kapono replaced Parker in the starting lineup.

Notes:

The game marked the first time in six games the Pacers' opponent did not lead its division. Indiana's previous five games were against Orlando, Boston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland and Boston again. ... Calderon broke Chauncey Billups' Toronto record of 51 consecutive successful free throws. Calderon went 4-for-4 from the line, extending his streak to 55. ... Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch attended the game.

INDIANA (88)

Granger 9-25 1-2 22, Murphy 7-15 2-2 20, Nesterovic 0-4 0-0 0, Ford 2-8 0-0 4, Daniels 7-19 7-7 21, Foster 4-7 2-2 10, S.Graham 0-3 0-0 0, Jack 1-7 0-0 2, Rush 3-6 0-0 6, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0, Hibbert 0-0 3-4 3. Totals 33-95 15-17 88.

TORONTO (101)

Moon 7-12 2-2 17, Bosh 9-16 3-5 21, O'Neal 4-10 2-2 10, Calderon 3-9 4-4 11, Kapono 11-16 0-0 25, Bargnani 0-4 0-0 0, J.Graham 4-7 4-4 12, Ukic 2-5 0-0 5, Solomon 0-2 0-0 0, Adams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-81 15-17 101.

Indiana18272023--88

Toronto20312624--101

3-Point Goals--Indiana 7-25 (Murphy 4-8, Granger 3-11, Daniels 0-1, Ford 0-1, Rush 0-2, Jack 0-2), Toronto 6-16 (Kapono 3-7, Ukic 1-1, Calderon 1-2, Moon 1-3, J.Graham 0-1, Bargnani 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Indiana 58 (Murphy 20), Toronto 49 (Bosh 10). Assists--Indiana 23 (Murphy 6), Toronto 24 (Calderon 14). Total Fouls--Indiana 21, Toronto 21. A--17,877 (19,800).



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