Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Sunday, November 4th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 19th
Game 3: Sunday, April 7th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 10th

Raptors 102

(13-12, 7-7 away)

Pacers 90

(14-13, 9-4 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    8:00 PM ET, December 19, 2001

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 27 23 24 28102
    IND 26 21 29 1490

    Top Performers

    Tor: M. Peterson 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ind: J. O'Neal 27 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Players-only meeting said to inspire Raptors

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors held a players-only team meeting this week in an attempt to snap out of a slump.

    For one game at least, they found the right formula.

    Morris Peterson matched his career high with 29 points as Raptors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-90 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night.

    Alvin Williams also set a career best with 24 points and Vince Carter had 23 for the Raptors, who played without center Hakeem Olajuwon (swollen toe) and guard Chris Childs (sore right ankle).

    Toronto led by four with under a minute remaining when Peterson rushed a 3-point attempt as the shot clock wound down. Peterson was fouled by Jamaal Tinsley, then sank all three free throws.

    Pacers coach Isiah Thomas argued the call, was called for a technical foul and ejected. Peterson remained at the line and made the free throw to make it 98-90.

    On the ensuing possession, Tinsley had his pass stolen by Williams, who sank both free throws to clinch the victory.

    Carter said Monday's meeting helped the Raptors pinpoint what they were doing wrong.

    "If we didn't have the team meeting, we probably wouldn't have gotten this done," he said. "We did get a lot of things accomplished. We were communicating. We were staying tough."

    Reggie Miller was called for a flagrant foul after pushing Keon Clark out of bounds with 5.6 seconds to go. Toronto's Antonio Davis also was called for a flagrant foul. Peterson, Miller and Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal received technicals.

    Davis was called for his after a hard foul on O'Neal in the third. O'Neal was facing the basket and jumped for a rebound. Davis came over O'Neal's back and hit him in the face with a forearm.

    After O'Neal made one of two free throws, the Pacers led 72-68, but Toronto narrowed the gap to 76-74 at the end of three.

    O'Neal led the Pacers with a season-high 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Miller had 19 points.

    O'Neal said the officials determined the game and showed little respect to the Pacers.

    "When that keeps happening, you lose your composure," he said. "Every time we got ready to bust the game open or make a move, they made a call. It was unbelievable."

    Peterson snapped a tie game, when he came flying through the paint undefended to put back a miss and give the Raptors an 82-80 lead. A basket by O'Neal cut it to 90-88 with 2:20 remaining, but Davis and Williams scored consecutive baskets to push the lead to 94-88.

    "I think what you saw out there was a different team compared to what we've been like so far," Peterson said.

    Indiana's Jalen Rose, who scored 10 points, hit a turnaround jumper with 1:02 left to make it 94-40. But the Raptors would go on to score the final eight points.

    Even without Olajuwon, the Raptors held a 47-40 rebounding edge, with Clark grabbing 11 and Jerome Williams 10.

    Carter, who played about 5 minutes at point guard in the second quarter, scored 17 points in the first half for a 50-47 Toronto lead.

    Carter said the players realized during the meeting they were the only ones responsible for losing six of their last seven games.

    "We weren't happy with the way we've been playing," he said. "It was our fault as players. It wasn't the coaches fault. It was no one else's fault. We had to find a way to get it done."

    Game notes
    Olajuwon, who had started all 24 games, is listed as day-to-day. Eric Montross started his first game of the season in place of Olajuwon. ... Pacers center Jeff Foster, who blocked a potential game-tying shot with 6 seconds left Tuesday against Atlanta, swatted away Davis' shot to open the game. Davis was poked in the left eye and left with blurred vision. He returned and was 0-for-5 in the first half. ... Miller needs seven points to surpass Larry Bird for 19th place on the NBA's career scoring list. ... The Raptors' losing streak was their longest of the season. ... Peterson also scored 29 last February against Cleveland.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 90
    FGM-FGA 41-91 (.451) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 16-20 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-47 11-40
    Assists 23 22
    Turnovers 10 15
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 10 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/1) 20 (3/1)

    Top Performers

    Morris Peterson Peterson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 27
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2