Losing streak reaches seven games

Changes to Pacers' starting lineup can't prevent another loss.

The Indiana Pacers’ losing streak reached a season-high seven games with a 106-94 road loss to the Toronto Raptors Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto (17-6) took a 28-20 lead after one quarter and was never seriously threatened. Reserve guard Louis Williams scored a game-high 26 points with four other Raptors in double figures. Despite missing their last 10 shots of the first half, the Raptors led by 11 at the break.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel tinkered with the starting lineup as C.J. Miles was inserted at forward instead of Solomon Hill and C.J. Watson opened at point guard while Rodney Stuckey shifted to shooting guard. But the moves couldn’t prevent the Pacers from falling to 7-16.

Watson and Stuckey each scored 13 points, but Miles suffered a bruised left knee and did not play in the second half. He missed five-of-six shots and scored just five points two days after he had a game-high 30 points in a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill actually led Indiana with 16 points. Forward David West was the only other Indiana player in double digits with 12 points.

Pacers center Roy Hibbert continued his ineffective play with just six points on two-of-seven shooting and five rebounds. He didn’t have his first rebound until the final minute of the opening half.

Toronto owned a 52-39 rebounding advantage, including 16 offensive rebounds to the Pacers’ six. The Pacers are 0-9 when being outrebounded.

It’s just the third time in Vogel’s four-year tenure the Pacers have lost six consecutive games. Two of those streaks have come this season.

Indiana returns home Saturday to host the Portland Trail Blazers (17-6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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