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Pacers take Game 4, tie series 2-2

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The Raptors fell behind 28-16 after the first quarter and were never able to recover. Toronto had 19 turnovers, which IN converted into 25 points, and shot only 36.5 percent from the field (27 of 74).

The Thunder have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can close it out in Game 5 on Monday at home.

Star of the game: Ian Mahinmi. They can ill afford to be too loose, and they can ill afford to be too anxious. “Most of the shots were dunks and shots under the rim”. PG Kyle Lowry and SG DeMar DeRozan combined for 42 points and 11 assists, while C Jonas Valanciunas scored 9 with 14 rebounds in the win. “Today was really a team effort”. IN isn’t a surprise to move on, with a healthy Paul George and a good supporting cast around him. Last season he was a more conventional point guard and led the team in scoring (16.1) and assists (5.1).

Saturday, he was set free again.

“Huge impact”, Frank Vogel said.

Lowry and DeRozan are saying the right things.

“The offense got a little bit more opportunity for me”. “I think that’s why we’ve been so good on the road, it’s having that self-momentum when it comes to playing basketball, and I definitely feel that way”. Ty Lawson, Solomon Hill, and Rodney Stuckey all put together solid minutes in the second quarter, helping the Pacers add to their lead. He got a layup off a turnover and Paul George’s transition feed, another layup off Mahinmi’s unlikely post feed and a driving layup in the second quarter.

Toronto has an average field goal percentage of 44.9%. Over their last 10 games, they have had success covering the spread (7-3). But it’s fair to say his teammates have to hit their shots.

“It’s all about confidence”, he said.

“When we felt like they were making runs, we kind of had great opportunities to answer back”, said George Hill.

George said the moment had been building all afternoon. We put him defensively in there with that second unit to be sort of a middle linebacker and help manage that group to get stops. “I got looks early I just didn’t make them”.

The better team is the better team. We have to stay positive. We are not the players who we are in this league for no reason.

His first-ever playoff double-double earned Mahinmi his first career invitation to the postgame interview room to meet with the media.

“I can’t take the credit for this today”, Mahinmi said. “That’s pretty cool, man”.

Interview room sessions bring a lot of questions, and the primary one for Mahinmi was the condition of his sore back.

That number is * a href=”http://stats.nba.com/team/#!/1610612761/lineups/advanced/?CF=GROUP_NAME*E*Joseph, Cory%20-%20Patterson, Patrick&Season=2015-16&SeasonType=Playoffs&GroupQuantity=2&DateFrom=04%2F16%2F2016&DateTo=04%2F21%2F2016″ target=”stats” *plus-12.5 points per 100 possessions through the first three games of the first round and Patterson’s raw plus-minus is a series-high plus-35. “I won’t be happy until we (advance)”. It is what it is.

The Pacers are hoping for a better outcome after their 101-85 loss to the Raptors on Thursday. The most consistent threat for the Raptors has been Jonas Valanciunas and his complete dominance of the paint that IN has absolutely no answer for. They played with passion and energy, shared the ball and defended.

Clifford texted Kaminsky on Saturday morning with the game plan. We’ve got to learn from tonight and get better. When they won 100-90 at Toronto, they had five double-digit scorers.

Darrin Jackson

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