A four-point lead with 10.7 seconds left. Play solid defense, make your free throws and run out the clock. That’s all the Indiana Pacers had to do to extend their home winning streak to 16 games. That was too much to ask. The Pacers came apart in those final seconds and forward Rudy Gay put an end to their winning streak when he made a tough jumper over Paul George with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to give the Toronto Raptors a 100-98 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. George tried to get back at Gay on the other end, but his jumper rolled around the rim before falling to the floor. So just like that, the Pacers’ winning streak, which started almost two months ago, is gone. Finished. Vanished. Time to start another one. “We just didn’t make some smart plays,” Pacers power forward David West said. “We just weren’t able to close the game the right way. We didn’t make many plays down the stretch. They made us pay for it.” The Pacers fell apart down the stretch because of mistakes. It started when Raptors forward Amir Johnson cut the Pacers’ lead to two on a tip-in with 6.2 seconds left in regulation.
15-game home streak ends in futile final seconds
Indianapolis Star | Feb 9