The Toronto Raptors fell short against the Indiana Pacers (21-10) on Monday night losing 120-115 in overtime. Toronto now has a 1-2 record in games that reach overtime. This loss snaps the Raptors 5-game win streak and brings their record to 21-9, sliding them back to fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Raptors Struggle With The 3 Ball

The Pacers lead by as much as 15 points throughout the contest. Indiana had contributions throughout their lineup with 6 double-digit scorers. Toronto was uncharacteristically unable to close out on the three point shot. While on the road, the Raptors are a smothering force on the defensive end, holding teams to 41.8% from the field. Indiana was able to flip that on its head as they shot an elite 47% from the field and their 43% from beyond the arc is well above the 33% average the Raptors usually allow.

The Raptors three point shooting woes struck again. While the Raptors are one of the league’s premier shooting teams, they’ve had multiple games this month where the shots simply will not fall. Shooting 28% against competitive teams is especially pronounced when the other team is shooting them proficiently.

Top Performers

Kyle Lowry asserted himself as a force once again. Despite the loss, Lowry’s performance in the second half was admirable. His 22 second half points were a significant reason the Raptors were able to comeback. He finished the game with 30 points, while also distributing 9 assists and battling for 6 rebounds. The increased rebounds are a huge part of his explosion in points. Lowry’s 6 rebounds were all defensive allowing him to lead the fast break as a scoring and passing threat.

Fred VanVleet shot an absolutely abysmal 12.5% 1/8 from beyond the arc, but still ended the game with 21 points. He did a phenomenal job of distributing the ball as well. Swinging the ball from both the wing as well as operating in the pick and roll. His vision and playmaking earned him 11 assists in the contest.

Up Next

The Raptors’ next challenge is a very merry match-up against the Boston Celtics (20-7) at Noon EST on Christmas Day. This will be the first Christmas Day game outside of the United States. Boston is always a challenging match-up and Toronto will have their work cut out for them as they defend home court.