Toronto will try to keep its postseason hopes alive when it hosts the team with the NBA’s best record.
The Raptors had lost seven consecutive games before rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 87-86 on Tuesday. A loss would have eliminated them from postseason contention.
“They stepped it up,” Toronto coach Kevin O’Neill said. “This was a good win.”
Jalen Rose hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the game’s final second to lift Toronto to its first victory since March 21.
“Everybody wants to take the shot that wins an NBA game,” said Rose, who scored 15 points. “Everybody counts down five, four, three, two, one—whether you’re playing your big brother or the guy down the street.
“Everybody wants to be in that position. Tonight I was, and I hit the shot.”
While the Raptors are doing all they can to stave off elimination, the Pacers are trying to get into top shape before the postseason begins. After falling to the Detroit Pistons 79-61 on Sunday, the Pacers bounced back with a dominant performance in a 107-86 rout of the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
“As a team coming off a very disappointing loss against Detroit, we wanted to get back on a winning note,” said Indiana’s Reggie Miller, who scored 10 points.
Ron Artest scored 26 points and Jermaine O’Neal had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers. Point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who had missed the previous four games with a viral sinus infection, added 10 points, nine assists and five steals.
“Obviously we have a different look when he’s in there,” Miller said of Tinsley. “His penetration, his pick-and-roll, his floor vision and his floor generalship is fantastic. We’re glad he’s back.”