February 6, 2020
Serge Ibaka had missed five of his six attempts from 3-point range but Ibaka hit a go-ahead 3 with 30 seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors rallied from 19 down to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-118 Wednesday night, setting a franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory.
The 30-year-old Congo-born big man sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to cap a game-ending 11-0 Raptors run as the Raptors rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit.
Kyle Lowry had 32 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Ibaka scored a season-high 30 as Toronto fought back after trailing by 11 with less than four minutes to play. The Raptors scored the final 11 points of the game.
Cameroonian star Pascal Siakam added 25 points and nine rebounds for the reigning NBA champions.
The Pacers were led by Malcolm Brogdon with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Justin Holiday and Doug McDermott with a combined 41 points and 10 three-pointers.
The Raptors are the sixth defending champions in the past 35 seasons to record their franchise’s longest win streak. Four of the previous five returned to the NBA Finals, and three went on to repeat.
The defending champs back in contention in the conference once again and led by a group that has spectacular chemistry on and off the court.