Bismack Biyombo broke a Raptors franchise record vs Pacers

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The Toronto Raptors emerged from a tough road game against the Indiana Pacers with a 101-94 win on Thursday night.

The game itself wasn't an instant classic with both teams guilty of persistent errors before the Raptors edged it in overtime.

However, for one of Toronto's roster, center Bismack Biyombo, it was a memorable night as he left Indiana's Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a little piece of franchise history.

Putting on a rebounding clinic, the DR Congo star grabbed a staggering 25 boards against the Pacers, surpassing Donyell Marshall’s franchise record of 24 rebounds that had stood since 2004.

Nine of the 6' 9" star's 25 rebounds came on the offensive end while 16 came defending his own basket - both career highs at each respective end of the court.

Only one other player, Pacers rookie Myles Turner, even managed to get into double figures in the rebound column despite the game going to overtime. The youngster finished with 10 boards.

With Biyombo adding a career-high 16 points, last night's performance certainly won't be one he forgets in a hurry.

The 23-year-old was already having a career year - averaging 5.6 points and 8.2 rebounds whilst shooting 54.7 percent - before facing the Pacers. He now has a statement game and a place in Toronto folklore to add to an impressive debut season with the Canadian franchise.

Record setting

It wasn't just Biyombo who was busy breaking Raptors records last night. With Toronto grabbing the W, his head coach Dwane Casey became the first HC in franchise history to record 200 career victories in their name.

And there could be more records to come for the franchise itself. The 101-95 win over Indiana took the Raptors to 20 road wins on the season. They need just three more before the regular camaign is done to set a new franchise record.

With five wins in their past six games all told, you certainly wouldn't put it past the Raptors as they continue what has been an incredibly impressive 2015-16 campaign.

Great season

Casey's team currently sit second in the Eastern Conference on a 46-21 record and are well ahead of the chasing pack as the 2016 postseason fast approaches.

With the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry leading the way, and players like Biyombo stepping up to the plate when required, the future looks bright for the Raptors.

Who knows, if the cards fall the right way, Toronto could be celebrating their first ever NBA title to go alongside the numerous records they're busy collecting right now.

Eastern Conference
Bismack Biyombo
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Kyle Lowry

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