Raptors embarrass Pacers with biggest win in franchise history
The Raptors won by 46 points vs the Pacers — their largest margin of victory in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/dFgrmf4knn
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 24, 2020
The Raptors came out swinging by outscoring the Pacers 34-12 in the first quarter. They never looked back and were simply clicking on all cylinders after finishing the game shooting 51 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep.
Perhaps even more impressive is that it came against a sixth-seeded Pacers team that had been trying to establish itself as bona fide playoff contenders.
Leading the way for Toronto was none other than forward Paskal Siakam who registered 21 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting. Meanwhile, forward Serge Ibaka and point guard Kyle Lowry combined for 31 points, 22 rebounds and 12 assists en route to their 46-point victory.
The lack of resistance from Indiana allowed head coach Nick Nurse to rest the starters down the stretch and give the bench some shine. It is safe to say that they took full advantage with three players reaching double-digits after the team scored 42 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Although the Raptors may not be able to catch the Milwaukee bucks for the first seed, they are clearly still a force to be reckoned with in the East. Meanwhile, the Pacers are left with much more questions than answers with the postseason just around the corner.