Gay’s OT winner snaps Pacers streak
by Mike Wells, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — The streak is over.
Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay ended the Indiana Pacers’ 15-game home winning streak when he made a pull-up jumper over Paul George with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to lead them to a 100-98 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers hadn’t lost at home since Denver beat them on Dec. 7.
George’s shot rolled around the rim before falling out as time expired.
David West led the Pacers with 30 points. George added 26 points.
Gay had 23 points, with DeMar DeRozan chipping in 22 for Toronto.
The Pacers looked like they were on their way to a victory in regulation when they had a four-point lead with 10 seconds remaining.
But Amir Johnson made it a two-point margin on a bucket.
Then West, the veteran, tried to throw a long pass to Lance Stephenson. Gay picked off the pass, drove the lane and found Johnson.
Johnson missed his first shot, but got the rebound, quickly gathered the ball and put it up back up before the clock expired.
The officials took several minutes reviewing the play before determining it was good.
Johnson scored Toronto’s first two points of overtime on a dunk and blocked West’s shot on the other end before fouling out.
The Pacers had a chance to go up in the final 25 seconds, but George Hill turned the ball over when he turned the corner and headed toward the basket with 10.1 seconds left.
Mike Wells writes for The Indianapolis Star.