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Pacers keep playoff hopes alive

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger scored 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers had their highest point total and margin of victory of the season, beating the Toronto Raptors 130-101 on Wednesday night.

Jarrett Jack added 23 points, Roy Hibbert had 17, and Troy Murphy finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Josh McRoberts had his first career double-double with career highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pacers were still holding on to the slimmest of playoff hopes, but they will need to win out and get a lot of help just to have a chance.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and nine rebounds in Toronto's third straight loss. Andrea Bargnani did not play because of a sore left heel.

Indiana has shot better than 50 percent in its past five games, and has won six of eight.

Indiana had its highest-scoring half of the season to take a 74-48 lead. The Pacers shot 62 percent from the field in the first 24 minutes, and 72 percent in the second quarter. Granger had 20 points, and Murphy had 10 points and 12 rebounds at the break.

The Pacers made their first five shots of the second half to take an 88-56 lead. The Pacers scored their 100th point with 3:33 left in the third quarter and led 115-74 at the end of the period. The Pacers shot 68 percent in the third quarter.

Notes:

Indiana G Marquis Daniels (sprained right wrist) missed his ninth consecutive game, but coach Jim O'Brien said he wants to try to get him back on the court before season's end. ... Indiana's T.J. Ford, made expendable in Toronto last season because of Calderon's emergence, had 14 points and 11 assists as a reserve for the Pacers. ... Toronto went without a rebound the first four minutes of the game. ... Murphy became the third player in the Pacers' NBA history with 800 or more rebounds in a season.



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