The seventh seed Indiana Pacers upset the second seed Toronto Raptors, 100-90, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first round on Saturday.
Paul George, who missed the previous season due to a gruesome leg injury, led the Pacers with 33 points and Monta Ellis added 15 points to secure their first game win in the playoffs series against the Raptors.
”That hurt more than the actual break, not getting this team to the playoffs last year,” George said via Yahoo Sports. ”This means a lot, it means a lot to be back here, it means a lot to be on this stage again.”
In the first half, George was struggling getting his rhythm having 2-of-9 shooting. However, he managed to recover in the second half where he shot 10-of-13 from the field. George’s performance proved that he’s really a game-changer when at the top of his game.
The Indiana Pacers clearly dominated the Toronto Raptors beyond the arc with the Pacers having 52.4 percent over 21.1 percent for the Raptors. Taking advantage of the Raptors poor shooting performance, Pacers also converted Raptors’ 20 turnovers into points resulting for the outcome to be in their favor.
Raptors star DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting from the field while Kyle Lowry had 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Their performance was clearly not enough to carry their team to victory.
Toronto Raptors Dwane Casey seemed to be disappointed with how his team played but still positive and confident that the Raptors will perform better in the next game.
”As a team, I thought we were tight offensively and that frustration carried over to the defensive end,” Casey said via Yahoo Sports. ”It wasn’t us. I hadn’t seen us play that tentative on the offensive end all year. That’ll change.”
The Indiana Pacers will meet again the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre in Game 2 of their playoffs series.
Here are some of the game highlights between the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors:
Video courtesy: Youtube/NBA Highlights