Indiana Paces Vs. Toronto Raptors@A.C.C.(Fri.,April8th,2016)
The Toronto Raptors bench strength were tested and Indiana were only one win from clinching a playoff berth, the Indiana Pacers should have been excited by the news that Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey had decided to rest All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, along with starting forward Luis Scola.
Toronto’s bench reserves came up big, with Norman Powell scoring a season-high 27 points and fellow rookie Delon Wright adding 19 as the Raptors kept Indiana waiting with a 111-98 victory Friday night.
Corey Joseph added 18 points and tied a career high with nine assists.
The big lost left the Pacers needing one more win or a Chicago loss to qualify for the postseason. They will advance if the Bulls lose to Cleveland on Saturday night, or if they beat Brooklyn on Sunday.
Monta Ellis was the top scorer with 17 points for Indiana,
The Raptors tried to focus on defensive side and it just showed how deep guys like Kyle and DeMar and Scola could take a game off and the team could still win big. It just showed how good and talented the team could play together without their A list players.
The Raptors set a franchise record for home wins with 31. They set the previous mark in 2006-07.
On different teams during their time playing in the NCAA, Rookies Powell and Wright have developed a solid connection with the Raptors when UCLA and Utah went up against each other,”
After playing his first game since Jan. 3 on Thursday in Atlanta, DeMarre Carroll sat out Friday
Friday’s game could have been viewed as a possible playoff matchup.
The Raptors wins marked the fourth consecutive season that the Toronto has either won or tied the season series with Indiana. The New York Knicks are the next opponent as the season is close to ending and entering the playoffs Toronto looks very competitive in April.