Pascal Siakam scored 36 points, Scottie Barnes hit a game-changing dunk with 27 seconds left in regulation, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 132-131 on Wednesday.
Barnes had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and his dunk gave the Raptors a 130-129 lead. It was the last of five lead changes in the final 1:22 of the game.
Buddy Hield missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Pacers the win with 1.2 seconds left. He finished the game with 31 points on the scoreboard. Tyrese Haliburton had 33 points and 16 assists.
Montrealer Bennedict Mathurin was left out of the Pacers’ starting lineup for the second straight game. He was limited to five points, two assists, a steal and a block in just under 24 minutes of play.
Haliburton’s 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 123-116 lead with four minutes left.
OG Anunoby again put the Raptors in the lead with a three-pointer at 1:22. The Pacers led two more times before Barnes put the Raptors ahead for good.
Raptors forward Precious Achiuwa did not play in the game due to inflammation in his right knee.