Fred VanVleet and the Raptors pushed across the Indiana Pacers to choose up a long-awaited home win.

VanVleet had a season-high 26 factors and a career-high 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a season-high 25 factors, and the Raptors received at home for the primary time in 20 months, beating the Pacers 118-100 on Wednesday night time.

“I thought we were definitely very physical tonight,” VanVleet stated. “OG set the tone in the paint offensively. I thought all five guys were on the same page defensively to start the game.”

Indiana was the opponent the final time Toronto received at Scotiabank Arena, a 127-81 victory on Feb. 23, 2020. Since-departed Raptors stars Serge Ibaka (15 rebounds) and Kyle Lowry (11 assists) have been amongst Toronto’s statistical leaders in that recreation, essentially the most lopsided win in workforce historical past.

The Raptors misplaced their first three home video games this season. In the three seasons previous to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto went 89-25 at home. Travel restrictions associated to the pandemic compelled the Raptors to play home video games in Florida on the finish of the 2019-20 season and all through 2020-21. They went 16-20 at their short-term home in Tampa final season.

On Wednesday, first-year ahead Scottie Barnes had 18 factors and 7 assists, and fellow rookie Dalano Banton got here off the bench to attain 10 factors.

“I think it’s good to build a foundation for a young team,” VanVleet stated. “The team certainly looks different than a lot of the teams we’ve had since I’ve been here, but it’s good just to build that foundation.”

VanVleet shot 6 for 7 from 3-point vary and had six assists.

Banton made 4 of seven field-goal makes an attempt, together with 2 of three from past the arc, and added three assists.

“When he’s out there moving, it’s hard to guard,” VanVleet stated. “He was great for us tonight.”

Indiana’s Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 factors in 22 minutes however injured his left hamstring early within the third quarter and didn’t return. The Pacers additionally misplaced ahead Isaiah Jackson to a left knee damage within the fourth. Jackson wanted help to stroll to the locker room after being injured.

“I do not know the severity or the description of what exactly happened,” coach Rick Carlsisle stated of Jackson’s damage. “Obviously, it didn’t look good.”

Chris Duarte scored 14 factors, Jeremy Lamb had 12 and Myles Turner had 10 for the Pacers, who’re 0-3 on the highway.

Indiana went 21-15 away from home final season, the perfect highway report within the Eastern Conference.

Domantas Sabonis had 9 factors and eight rebounds however had 4 of the Pacers’ 23 turnovers. The Raptors scored 31 factors off Indiana miscues.

“They’ve got quick, angular guys,” Carlisle stated of the Raptors. “They were ripping at the ball all night and they knocked a lot of balls loose. Give them credit, they executed well.”

Toronto led 57-48 at halftime. VanVleet made all three of his 3-point makes an attempt within the third quarter and Banton scored seven factors because the Raptors took an 87-71 result in the fourth.

Anunoby had 16 factors within the first quarter.


Pacers: Indiana has scored not less than 100 factors in all 4 video games to date. … G Caris LeVert (sore decrease again) missed his fifth straight recreation. … Indiana had received its earlier two conferences with Toronto. … T.J. McConnell had 4 turnovers.

Raptors: Toronto’s 14 3-pointers have been a season excessive. … F Yuta Watanabe (left calf) is practising with Toronto’s G League workforce this week and is anticipated to hitch the Raptors on their upcoming journey. … VanVleet set career-highs in assists (17) and turnovers (8) in Monday’s home loss to Chicago.


VanVleet, listed at 6 toes, stated he doesn’t count on to compete with taller gamers for rebounds.

“My rule is if it gets below head level, it’s mine,” he stated. “Anything up there by the rim, somebody else has got to get that one.”


The Raptors matched a season low with 12 turnovers. Toronto additionally had 12 in final Saturday’s loss to Dallas.


Pacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night time.

Raptors: Host Orlando on Friday night time.