Siakam Scores 23 Points Against Raptors, Leads Pacers To 127-125 Win

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The Indiana Pacers emerged victorious with a narrow 127-125 win against the Toronto Raptors during Wednesday’s NBA action. Tyrese Haliburton showcased his prowess with an impressive 21 points and 12 assists, while Pascal Siakam scored 23 points against his former team.

Isaiah Jackson contributed significantly with 15 points and 11 rebounds, joined by Obi Toppin with 15 points and Andrew Nembhard with 14, aiding the Pacers in bouncing back from their recent loss to Charlotte.

The victory held special significance for Siakam, who was traded from Toronto to Indiana last month as he returned to face his former team. Reflecting on the win, Siakam expressed his determination not to leave Toronto empty-handed despite the warm reception from fans.

“You don’t want to come here and lose,” Siakam said. “That was a thing on my mind. Everyone was telling me, ‘I’m so happy to see you,’ but in my head I was like, ‘I’ve got to get a win, man. I can’t lose this game.’ Definitely feels good to get a win.”

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On the Raptors’ side, Scottie Barnes showcased his skills with an impressive 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 11 boards. Barnes, in particular, came close to securing a triple-double with eight assists.

Siakam’s crucial basket with 25 seconds remaining gave the Pacers a vital three-point lead. Although Poeltl narrowed the gap to 126-125 with two free throws, the Raptors couldn’t complete the comeback, losing their third consecutive game.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle praised Ben Sheppard‘s performance, highlighting his contributions in the crucial moments of the game, particularly in the fourth quarter.

“Ben Sheppard tonight, particularly in the fourth quarter, was a difference-maker,” Carlisle said. “Shot-making, defense, the stop on the last play.”

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Meanwhile, Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic expressed disappointment in the execution of the final possession, acknowledging the missed opportunity for a potential game-tying three-pointer.

“Watching the film now, I think that the pass was probably there, but we just did not execute it the way we wanted,” Rajakovic said.

Beyond the on-court action, the game held sentimental value for both teams, with former players receiving warm welcomes from fans. Siakam, in particular, was honored with a video tribute during pregame introductions, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It definitely means a lot,” Siakam said. “I’m humbled. I couldn’t really imagine that kind of reception. Thank you. Thanks to everyone.”

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As both teams look ahead, the Pacers will host Detroit on Feb. 22, while the Raptors will face Brooklyn on the same day.

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