Andrea Bargnani tested the Peyton Manning Rule Friday night — proving his team MVP credentials by taking the night off.

With the injured Italian sitting on the bench in street clothes, Raptor coach Dwane Casey called on the workers in his world to unite and provide a "collective effort" against the Pacers.

They did that early. Can't miss first-quarter shooting spotted them an early 16-point lead. They spent the next two quarters watching that dwindle into nothingness as the brutes in Indiana's front-court pushed them into a slow retreat.