Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
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Pacers89
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
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Pacers97
Game 3: Monday, April 11th
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Raptors 86

(8-17, 2-13 away)

Pacers 89

(12-10, 7-4 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, December 17, 2004

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 21 26 24 1586
    IND 14 31 27 1789

    Top Performers

    Tor: J. Rose 23 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ind: D. Harrison 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Rose tries to fill void left by traded Carter

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The first game of the post-Vince Carter era in Toronto bore a strong resemblance to the rest of the Raptors' 10-year history.

    Jamaal Tinsley scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 89-86 victory over the Raptors, who traded the five-time All Star to New Jersey earlier Friday.

    "It's sickening," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "It's the same old thing. We get beat on the boards, points in the paint. What do you say?"

    Rookie center David Harrison added a career-high 22 points and had seven rebounds, and Jeff Foster had 10 points and 18 rebounds for the Pacers, who won their second straight after a seven-game losing streak.

    Reggie Miller sealed the win when he hit a jumper from the corner while falling out of bounds as the shot clock expired for an 89-86 lead with 8.6 seconds left.

    When asked if he expects to make those kinds of shots, Miller said, "Yes. That's what they pay me for. At this stage of my career, I don't have to do a lot, but there are some things that are demanded of me, and that's to hit big shots."

    Jalen Rose did his best to replace Carter, scoring 23 points, but it wasn't enough against Indiana, which trailed by as many as 13 in the first half before Tinsley led the comeback.

    It could be a sign of things to come after the Raptors traded their biggest star to the Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first-round draft picks.

    Carter has defined the Raptors for the last six-plus seasons, breathing life into a moribund franchise with his high-flying dunks and remarkable athleticism.

    Against the Pacers, Rose took over the scoring load for Carter, who averaged 23.8 points in his career. Rose made 9 of 17 shots and scored six points in the last four minutes of a wild final period.

    "That's my game anyway," said Rose, who openly wondered if he would be the next high-priced Raptors player to hit the road. "If I'm not being aggressive and not exploiting mismatches, I'm not being myself. That's a burden I carried while he was here and I'm going to do whatever I'm asked to do."

    With Indiana trailing 78-72 in the fourth, Tinsley knocked down a 3-pointer and two layups, pounding his chest after being fouled on the last one. Foster tipped in Tinsley's missed free throw for an 83-80 lead with 3:28 to play.

    But Rose and the Raptors refused to go away.

    He hit two jumpers, then two free throws with 34 seconds to play that cut Indiana's lead to 87-86.

    The Raptors appeared to be in good shape with the Pacers inbounding the ball with just 1 second to shoot. But as he has done so often, Miller came up with the clutch basket. Rose's desperation 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.

    "It had to be a quick-hitter," Miller said of his buzzer beater. "We just put the play in yesterday."

    Miller provided the dramatics, but it was Tinsley who shrugged off a sprained right ankle and a poor first half to become nearly unstoppable down the stretch.

    After shooting just 2-for-8 and getting a technical foul for arguing with officials in the first half, Tinsley scored seven of the Pacers' first nine points of the third quarter to help them take a 54-52 lead and set up a back-and-forth final 20 minutes.

    "It was really essential he was able to play," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "He probably shouldn't have been out there. The fact that he hangs in gives our team strength."

    Rose scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-10 shooting, and Chris Bosh added 13 points for Toronto, which was outrebounded 48-34 and outscored in the paint 46-28.

    "We were just bigger than that team," Harrison said. "We just tried to take advantage of that."

    Game notes


    Rose penned the initials "VC" on his shoes in homage to Carter. ... To make room for the new players, the Raptors waived F Jerome Moiso and placed rookie forwards Rafael Araujo and Pape Sow on the injured list. ... Pacers F Austin Croshere missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    IND
    Points 86 89
    FGM-FGA 30-73 (.411) 39-81 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 6-13 (.462)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-34 12-48
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 12 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 13 5

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Indiana
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 23
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    David Harrison Harrison
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2