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Pacers fall to Raptors, 111-98

Posted at 10:52 PM, Apr 08, 2016

TORONTO (AP) -- Rookie Norman Powell scored a season-high 27 points and the Toronto Raptors beat Indiana 111-98 on Friday night, spoiling a chance for the Pacers to clinch a playoff spot.

The Pacers need one more win or a Chicago loss to qualify for the postseason. They will clinch if the Bulls lose to Cleveland on Saturday night, or by beating Brooklyn on Sunday.

Powell surpassed his previous best of 18 points, set against the Oklahoma City last month.

Fellow rookie Delon Wright added 19 points, and Cory Joseph had 18 points and nine assists to help the Raptors, who rested usual starters DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola, set a franchise record for home wins with 31. They set the previous mark in 2006-07.

Monta Ellis had 17 points, and Solomon Hill added 16 for the Pacers.

With the Raptors sitting comfortably in second in the East, coach Dwane Casey opted to rest more than half of his usual starters in a back-to-back game situation after a loss in Atlanta on Thursday night.

Paul George got the Pacers off to a strong start, scoring eight of his 14 points in the first quarter, but the Raptors took the lead for the first time on a driving layup by Joseph with 3:02 remaining and ended the quarter in front 20-15.

Powell pushed on from there, scoring 10 points in the second quarter as Toronto never trailed again, withstanding Indiana's 12-for-24 shooting from the field to take a 50-46 edge into the interval.

The Raptors blew the game open in the third, stretching their lead to as much as 18 points before taking an 82-66 advantage into the final 12 minutes.

TIP-INS

Pacers: With the Raptors currently the Eastern Conference's second seed and the Pacers in seventh place, Friday's game could be viewed as a possible playoff matchup. But coach Frank Vogel wasn't buying in. ''It's probably a little too early for that,'' he said. ''We're not in the playoffs yet. Toronto can think that because they almost have the two seed locked up. We need to get into the playoffs, and it doesn't really matter who we're playing.

Raptors: After playing his first game since Jan. 3 on Thursday in Atlanta, DeMarre Carroll sat out Friday as Casey looks to ease him back into action following right knee surgery. ''We just want to go cautiously bringing him back when he's been out that long,'' Casey said. ... The Raptors are 8-0 when playing at home on a Friday night this season, and 49-26 when playing on that day since the 2012-13 season. ... Bismack Biyombo's streak of games with a blocked shot ended at 17. He played just 9:34.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.

Raptors: Visit New York on Sunday.

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