Brogdon leads Pacers past Raptors 129-114
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Malcolm Brogdon (photo courtesy of NBA)

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon spent Sunday night searching for answers. By Monday night, he had found them. A little more than 24 hours after playing his poorest game of the season, Brogdon scored a career-high 36 points, flirted with a triple-double and accounted for the final seven points as the Pacers pulled away from Toronto 129-114. The difference showed. Brogdon didn't just score, he found open teammates, played defense and helped spur the decisive fourth-quarter flurry. He finished with nine assists and seven rebounds. Jeremy Lamb matched his season high with 22 points and Myles Turner scored 11 of his 21 points over the final 8 1/2 minutes when the Pacers finally put it away. And they did all that despite missing All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis for the final three quarters. He left with a bruised knee in the first half and did not return. Toronto was led by Fred Van Vleet's 25 points and six rebounds. Norman Powell scored 24 points as the Raptors rallied from a 70-60 halftime deficit to finally reclaim a 102-100 lead with 9:46 left in the game. It didn't last long. Goga Bitadze tied the score, Turner broke the tie by making 1 of 2 free throws and then fueled the decisive 12-4 run with his late scoring flurry. Indiana went 14 of 17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and wound up with its highest free-throw attempt total (45) in nearly a decade. Turner also had 10 rebounds and three blocks despite playing with a fractured right hand. Bitadze and Aaron Holiday each scored 10 points.