Raptors knock off Pacers - NBA's best team

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) keeps the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Paul George...

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) keeps the ball from Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during NBA action at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday, January 1, 2014. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

Like in all things, evolution is a gradual process is in the NBA. Good teams don’t become great overnight, nor do bottom dwellers suddenly morph into quality squads. It takes time and one step needs to be climbed before the next jump can be made.

Ever since Chris Bosh left down and a rebuild began, Toronto has been unable to go from lottery bad to decent. Until now that is, as it appears the first notch of the ladder has finally been ascended.

There’s no shame in losing to the NBA-leading Indiana Pacers — but beating them? Now that’s impressive.

Toronto stunned NBA-leading Indiana 95-82 at the ACC Wednesday, winning for the eighth time in 10 games and ninth in 12 outings since the trade of Rudy Gay.

At 25-6 Indiana is a team that beats most opponents and is a legitimate title contender, but Toronto never buckled after blowing a hard-fought first quarter advantage and continued to torch opponents in the final quarters of games.

 


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