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Pacers 97, Raptors 89

November 5, 1995

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Reggie Miller scored 23 points Saturday night as the Indiana Pacers blew a 22-point second-half lead but held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 97-89.

Toronto erased a 22-point Indiana lead in the third with a 25-5 run late in the quarter. Zan Tabak ignited the rally with a jumper at the 6:20 mark.

Indiana committed seven turnovers during the final six minutes of the third as Damon Stoudamire scored 10 points in the quarter’s final three minutes.

The expansion Raptors, who defeated New Jersey 94-79 in their opener, took their first lead with 9:53 remaining on a pair of free throws by Stoudamire, who finished with 26 points.

The Raptors built a four-point advantage on another pair of Stoudamire free throws with 6:31 remaining.

Free throws by Miller and Haywoode Workman in the game’s final two minutes secured the win for the Pacers.

Dale Davis added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.

Miller scored 15 of his points in the first quarter.

Indiana led by as many as 23 in the first half, holding Toronto to 28 percent shooting from the field. The Pacers, who connected on 62 percent of their first-half shots, held a 60-38 advantage at the break.

Indiana played without starters Rik Smits, sidelined following ankle surgery, and Derrick McKey, who has a torn thigh muscle.

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