Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Friday, December 30th
Game 2: Sunday, March 12th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 5th
Game 4: Monday, April 17th

Raptors 99

(8-22, 6-10 away)

Pacers 97

(15-12, 9-4 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2005

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 22 23 23 3199
    IND 31 24 22 2097

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Villanueva 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ind: F. Jones 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Raptors can finish December at .500 mark vs. Pacers

    Toronto (7-22) at Indiana (15-11) 7:00 pm EST

    INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Morris Peterson is having a greater impact on the Toronto Raptors and the team is reaping the benefits.

    Peterson looks to lead the Raptors to the .500 mark for the month of December on Friday when they meet the Indiana Pacers for the first time this season.

    The 28-year-old Peterson has played in a league-best 307 consecutive games and has surpassed Alvin Williams to become the franchise record holder with 418 appearances. He is averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.

    After recording a season-high 11 rebounds against San Antonio last Friday, Peterson made 10-of-16 shots and scored a season-high 26 points Wednesday to lead Toronto to a 108-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

    Although they are tied with Atlanta and New York for fewest wins (7), the Raptors look for their fourth win in six games to finish December with a 7-7 mark after losing 15-of-16 in November.

    Indiana returns from a winless three-game road trip where it failed to reach 90 points in any game against three of the league's better teams.

    Jermaine O'Neal, who has led the team in scoring in five of their last six games, had 26 points and Jamaal Tinsley added 20 for the Pacers in Tuesday's 99-86 loss to the Spurs.

    Indiana has won 10 of the last 12 meetings against Toronto and is seeking its fourth straight home victory.