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Pacers 104, Raptors 83

April 2, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Sam Perkins made all six of his 3-point attempts and scored a season-high 22 points as the Indiana Pacers embarrassed the Toronto Raptors on NBC with a 104-83 rout Sunday.

Perkins, who had missed 17 of his previous 22 3-point attempts, was left wide open against the Raptors, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

Vince Carter left the game early in the third quarter with a bruised right shoulder. He was examined by team doctors and didn’t return.

Jalen Rose, who has led the Pacers in scoring in eight of the last nine games, had a team-high 23.

The Pacers were 10-for-22 from behind the arc, while the Raptors were just 2-for-16.

Tracy McGrady led Toronto with 24 points. He also had eight rebounds and five assists.

The Pacers led by 15 at the half as Perkins made four 3s, then were ahead by 16 heading into the fourth when Perkins sparked an 8-2 run with a 3-pointer. Austin Croshere followed with a 19-foot jumper over Charles Oakley, and Reggie Miller hit a 3 to give the Pacers an 85-63 lead.

Perkins’ 3 with 3:50 remaining gave Indiana a 96-74 lead.

Notes: The Raptors have stepped up their efforts to resign Tracy McGrady this summer. The club handed out ``Come back T-Mac″ signs to their fans. One group of fans had each letter of that slogan painted on their chests. ... Toronto coach Butch Carter and his brother Chris, who plays for the NFL Minnesota Vikings, previewed their book ``Born To Believe″ before the game. It details the qualities they adopted in their quest to be sports stars and role models. ... Mark Jackson had eight of his 10 assists in the first quarter. ... The Pacers were 7-of-13 from long range in the first half. ... The Raptors went to the line just two times in the first half.

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