The Indiana Pacers are a rather cruel team.
The Pacers give opponents a false sense of confidence early in games, before absolutely whupping them coming out of the half.
That trend continued on Friday night as the NBA’s final unbeaten team improved to 6-0, riding a big third quarter to beat the Raptors 91-84.
Pacers star Paul George shrugged off a poor start to drop 17 in a third quarter in which Indiana outscored the Raptors 28-13. He finished with 22 points.
The best outings of Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry were wasted as the league’s top defence found its bearings and locked the front door on the charging Raptors. Toronto hit five field goals in the second quarter (on 29.4% shooting), then just five more (on 27.8% shooting) in the third against a team that surrenders about 10 fewer points per game than the next best defensive team.