Raptors, down by 19, rally for team-record 12th straight win


TORONTO — Serge Ibaka hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining, and the Toronto Raptors rallied from 19 down to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-118 on Wednesday, setting a franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory.

Kyle Lowry had 32 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, and Ibaka scored a season-high 30 as Toronto fought back after trailing by 11 with less than four minutes to play.

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the Raptors are the sixth defending NBA champions in the past 35 seasons to record their franchise’s longest win streak. Four of the previous five returned to the NBA Finals, and three went on to repeat.

Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Terence Davis had 11, and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors earn their 12th straight home win over Indiana.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points and Justin Holiday added 22, but the Pacers lost their third straight. Domantas Sabonis had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Raptors trailed 106-103 after Siakam’s driving dunk with 5:05 left, but Holiday made a 3, Victor Oladipo hit a jumper, and Brogdon connected from deep to put the Pacers up 114-103 with 3:50 to go.

Siakam hit one of two at the line with 1:15 left to bring Toronto within four, then forced a steal and drove for a layup to make it 118-116 with 1:06 remaining.

The Pacers called a timeout and gave the ball to Oladipo, but his shot didn’t fall, leading to Ibaka’s go-ahead 3 at the other end.

Oladipo missed a 3 with 10 seconds to play, and VanVleet stripped Brogdon to seal a historic win for Toronto.

The Raptors led 30-20 after one, but Indiana scored 43 points in the second to lead 63-48 at halftime.

Lowry’s steal and fast-break basket with 4:02 left in the third capped a 12-0 Raptors run that cut the deficit to 75-69. Lowry scored 11 points in the quarter, but Indiana took an 86-82 lead into the fourth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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