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Raptors Hold On To Eliminate Pacers in Game 7

DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round - finally.


DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to face Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals.


The Raptors won a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history.


Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points, Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, and Kyle Lowry had 11 for Toronto, set to open at home against the Heat on Tuesday night.

DeRozan, who struggled with his shooting throughout the series, was 10 of 32 in Game 7.


Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill added 19 points, and Monta Ellis had 15.



Toronto nearly ran out of gas, scoring just 11 points in the final quarter and watching as the Pacers whittled a 16-point deficit down to three in the final few minutes.


Up 78-64 after three, the Raptors didn't make their first basket of the fourth until a 3 by Powell at 8:19. Joseph followed with a pullup jumper to make it 81-67, leading to an Indiana timeout.


The Pacers responded by scoring 12 of the next 14 points, cutting it to 85-79 with 3:23 remaining. Indiana cut it to three at 85-82 on Ellis' 3-pointer with 2:37 left, but Lowry answered with a driving layup.


George made a pair of free throws with 52 seconds left to pull Indiana within three again at 87-84. After DeRozan missed a 3-pointer, Solomon Hill grabbed the rebound and Indiana called a timeout to draw up a play for George, but he turned the ball over. DeRozan made the steal, then got fouled at the other end and made both with 6.5 seconds left, giving the Raptors an 89-84 lead.


George missed a 3 with 3.9 seconds left, Biyombo grabbed the rebound and Lowry heaved the ball to the other end of the court as time expired, sending Toronto into the second round.

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