You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

NBA

  • Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers
    LOS ANGELES — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Kizer helps Fever rally to beat Stars 75-68
    SAN ANTONIO – Lynetta Kizer scored 16 points and the Indiana Fever dominated the fourth quarter in rallying for a 75-68 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Saturday night.
  • Rivers to quit if Sterling remains
    The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
Advertisement
Associated Press
Indiana’s Danny Granger blocks a shot by Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan during the first half Tuesday in Indianapolis.

Pacers hold off Raptors for 3rd straight win

– The Pacers are making old-school basketball trendy, winning with defense, balanced scoring and strong second halves.

On Tuesday, they did it again.

Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Lance Stephenson fell just short of his fourth triple double this season, helping the Pacers hold off Toronto’s late charge for an 86-79 victory that allowed them to keep the NBA’s best record.

“We didn’t let them get physical with us,” Stephenson said, referring to the stark contrast to Indiana’s loss last week north of the border. “That was a point of emphasis.”

The Pacers (28-6) have won three straight since that loss at Toronto and have a two-game lead over two-time defending champion Miami in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams started sluggishly – perhaps a result of their own weather-related travel delays.

Because of the snowstorm that swept through the Midwest on Sunday and the frigid temperatures that delivered a second big blow to Indianapolis on Monday and Tuesday, the Raptors (16-17) were forced to stay in Miami two days longer than planned and didn’t arrive in town until about five hours before tip-off.

Things didn’t go much smoother for the Pacers, who endured a seemingly endless round of delays as they tried to return home after Sunday night’s game at Cleveland. So when All-Star Paul George picked up his second foul less than five minutes into the game, the Pacers knew they would have to revert to their traditional style.

“Our guys buckled down and had a great defensive performance,” coach Frank Vogel said.

Hibbert led the charge. He helped the Pacers dominate the middle with a 53-36 rebounding edge and a 40-26 scoring advantage in the paint. The 7-foot-2 center was 5 of 12 from the field and 12 of 13 from the free throw line with eight rebounds and three blocks.

Stephenson, the league leader with three triple doubles, did his thing, too. He finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

The Pacers held the Raptors (16-17) to a season-low point total by limiting them to just 37 percent shooting from the field.

Advertisement