Golden State at Phoenix, 9 p.m. And on the other bench, Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, assistant coach Del Harris and some Chicago players were more than a little annoyed.
Raptors: Now trail Boston by 3½ games in the Atlantic Division with four games to go. His 262 3s rank as eighth-most ever for a single season after he had 276 last season. It was an important game for the Pacers, who entered the game at 37-40 and in precarious playoff position.
The decision deserves to be criticized (though he did offer an apology after the game) as DeRozan and P.J. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.4 assists. The Pacers clawed their way to a 77-75 lead heading into the fourth despite 20 third quarter points from DeRozan.
Prior to their second-half flop in IN, the Raptors had won eight of their last nine games.
Stephenson, Tucker and DeRozan all received technical fouls.
Russell Westbrook secures 41st triple-double, tying Oscar Robertson's formerly untouchable record. "Very excited, first game back home and I wanted to do it for the fans". He later waved to the crowd after play stopped. Paul George was brilliant against LeBron James, producing 43 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds against the defending champs, but it wasn't enough to secure the victory. That's how the Pacers came back from a 19-point deficit to keep hope alive. For that matter, Atlanta should be in unless they lose every game the rest of the way. Turner leads in rebounds with 7.2 and in blocks with 2.1 per game. Five seconds on the clock, you're up 15. "Guarding the 3-point line was our biggest problems".
"Right now it's just continue to fight".
During that 24-minute stretch, Toronto gave up 68 points, allowed Indy to shoot 69.2% from distance, 52.2% overall from the floor.
The Pacers now sit in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference while the Raptors are third. Since the NBA All-Star, the Raptors ranks third in defense, allowing only 99.3 points.
Washington won for the 17th time this season when trailing by double digits. The Detroit Pistons have split their last six home games.
NEW ORLEANS - Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points, and the Nuggets eliminated the Pelicans from playoff contention. The game before that he scored 22 points in 29 minutes.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings. Stephenson went to Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island where players like Stephan Marbury, Sebastian Telfair, and Isaiah Whitehead had also gone.
Courtney Lee had 14 points for NY, and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine.
The stuck-in-the-gate Pacers converted just 25 percent from the field in the opening period, a pattern that continued for the remainder of the first half. In the past two meetings, George has averaged 23 points per game.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey: "I thought it was bush-league".
After the game, Tucker derided the late bucket as "tasteless".
With the win, the Pacers snapped a four-game skid and improved to 38-40 with four regular-season game remaining. He carries them. He can chase stats at times, but if he doesn't play like this the Thunder have no chance.