Pacers 105, Raptors 77
TORONTO (AP) _ Chris Mullin scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Rik Smits added 19 points as the Indiana Pacers continued their dominance of the Toronto Raptors with a 105-77 victory Saturday night.
The Pacers, who have never lost in nine games with the Raptors, controlled the tempo from the opening tipoff, taking advantage of Smits’ height for easy layups and dunks or kicking it out to Mullin or Reggie Miller when Toronto collapsed inside.
The Raptors appeared to be gaining momentum, cutting their deficit to 49-44 at the half, but Indiana started the third quarter with a 9-2 run, capped by Miller’s trey, to take control.
Mark Jackson had team-highs of 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while Antonio Davis scored 10 points off the bench.
John Wallace had 17 points for the Raptors, who lost their sixth in a row.
Damon Stoudamire had 14 assists and 10 points for the Raptors, who shot just 42 percent from the field compared to 55 percent for the Pacers.
Toronto’s 18-year-old rookie, Tracy McGrady, showed flashes of brilliance and was one of the few Raptors willing to get physical with the Pacers. He pulled down 11 rebounds to go with 10 points.
Notes: Walt Williams is picking up where he left off from beyond the arc. A 40 percent 3-point shooter last season, Williams is 14-for-30 from the new line this season. Conversely, Williams is just 22-for-64 from inside the arc. ... The Raptors aren’t making any excuses for their slow start, but their opponents have obviously had something to do with it. Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Seattle, San Antonio, New York, Boston and Indiana have a combined record of 42-25. ... Indiana is one of three NBA teams that have never lost to the Raptors (New York and Atlanta are the others). ... Indiana has held opponents under 90 points in seven of the last eight games.