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The Times of India
The Times of India

NBA: Nembhard helps Indiana Pacers edge Toronto Raptors

Andrew Nembhard came up with a key 3-pointer in the final minute to help the visiting Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 118-114 in a thriller on Wednesday night.

The win helped the Pacers (33-40) sweep the three-game season series with the Raptors (35-38).

Nembhard shone for the Pacers, scoring 25 points and also had 10 assists for the visitors. Myles Turner added 16 points before fouling out in the final minutes for the Pacers.

Bennedict Mathurin scored 15 points for Indiana, Buddy Hield scored 13 points, T.J. McConnell scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora scored 10.

Mathurin (Montreal), Nembhard (Aurora, Ont.) and Oshae Brissett (Toronto) were among the starters for Indiana, the first time three Canadians have started a game for the same team in the NBA.

Pascal Siakam had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet scored 28 points to go along with 11 assists, Jakob Poeltl had 23 points and Chris Boucher scored 11.

Indiana took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Toronto grabbed a four-point lead on Siakam's jumper and free throw with 9:14 remaining in the fourth.

Indiana scored the next six points, and when Mathurin made two free throws with 4:25 remaining, Indiana led 104-99.

Toronto cut the lead to two before Mathurin made two more free throws with 2:05 left. VanVleet answered with two free throws with 1:47 to go, and Turner responded with a jumper.

Finally, Nembhard made a 3-pointer with 33.2 seconds remaining to provide a seven-point cushion.

Indiana led 36-26 after one quarter, and Aaron Nesmith's dunk gave Indiana a 13-point lead with 3:57 remaining in the second quarter.

Siakam completed the first-half scoring with a floating jumper to cap a 9-2 spurt that cut Indiana's lead to 58-52.

Indiana shot 61.5 percent (24-for-39) from the field in the first half with Nembhard scoring 16 points.

Toronto shot 44 percent (22-for-50) from the field in a first half in which Poeltl had 15 points.

Indiana took a 13-point lead on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer with 9:07 left in the third quarter. Toronto scored 12 straight points and took a 73-71 lead on Malachi Flynn's 3-pointer with 4:09 left. Indiana answered with an 8-1 surge.

Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) did not play for Indiana.

Scottie Barnes (wrist), Gary Trent Jr. (elbow) and Precious Achiuwa (hamstring) did not play for Toronto.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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