The Raptors, on a remarkable roll since losing Carter to a
season-ending knee injury, set a franchise record with their eighth
straight win after losing 17 of 18 games.
"This is amazing," said Davis, who also grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We've come such a long way in such a short period of time. This
is such a great feeling because it would have been easy to give
Toronto pulled a game ahead of the Pacers in the race for the
eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. Both
teams have six games remaining, including Wednesday's rematch at
"We still have a long way to go and a lot of work ahead,"
Davis said. "These guys are believing in each other, and that
makes the biggest difference in the world. It's not just one guy,
everybody is doing it."
Keon Clark had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who
have beaten Indiana seven times in a row dating to last season.
Toronto is just a game behind Milwaukee for seventh place and
two back of sixth-place Philadelphia.
The Raptors lead the four-game season series with Indiana 3-0,
so if the teams are tied at the end of the regular season, Toronto
would win the tiebreaker.
"We have to go home and regroup," dejected Pacers coach Isiah
Thomas said. "We have to make sure one loss doesn't totally
Chris Childs had nine points and eight assists for the Raptors,
who have yet to lose since Carter's season ended with arthroscopic
knee surgery on March 26.
An 8-0 Raptors run midway through the fourth quarter helped give
them their fourth straight win at home.
After Davis' two free throws gave the Raptors an 82-81 lead with
3:01 left, O'Neal missed a jumper and Clark grabbed the rebound.
Going the other way, Williams hit a 3-pointer as the crowd
cheered and Toronto took an 85-81 lead. After Clark caused an
Indiana turnover, Childs beat the shot clock with a 3.
"Alvin came up with a big game," said Morris Peterson, who has
led the Raptors with 18 points per game in Carter's absence but had
just nine on Sunday. "They seemed to key on me and that opened it
Miller hit a couple of big 3-pointers of his own in the fourth,
but Toronto responded both times.
Miller made an off-balance 3 to tie it at 73 a minute into the
fourth, then gave Indiana a 75-73 lead with 6:26 left on a pair of
His second 3-pointer was from the corner over Childs'
outstretched arms to give Indiana its last lead, 81-78.
"Nobody put their head down," Clark said. "Maybe earlier in
the season we would have, but we knew what we had to do."
Davis' monster dunk with 51 seconds left gave the Raptors a
90-82 lead and put the game away.
The Pacers got some crisp shooting in the first half from
Jonathan Bender, who nailed a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 45-40
lead with 1:28 to go. Bender scored all eight of his points in the
The Raptors closed the half on a strong note when Williams
stripped the ball from Bender a minute later and made two free
throws. Davis also hit a pair of foul shots with 5 seconds left to
give Toronto a 46-45 advantage at the half.
The Raptors outrebounded the Pacers 45-26. Indiana shot 64
percent (14-for-22) from the foul line.
"We played great defense and our bench was awesome," Toronto
coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I told them, don't let anyone walk in
and make a basket. If you're going to foul them make sure they
don't make the shot."
The Raptors' previous seven-game winning streak was Feb. 27
to March 8, 2000. ... Indiana plays host to Cleveland on Monday
before facing Toronto on Wednesday. Toronto plays host to Charlotte
on Tuesday. ... Indiana's Ron Artest got a big cheer from the crowd
in the third when the Pacers were about to be called for an
over-and-back, but instead of touching the ball he punted it into
the crowd, drawing a technical foul. ... Indiana had 10 turnovers
to Toronto's two in the first half.