Indiana Pacers beat Toronto Raptors to tie series at 2-2

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In a truly awful game three performance where they managed to lose by 16 at home in the NBA Playoffs, there were some who were worried that the Indiana Pacers could be throwing their chance at progressing away.

On the basis of their showing tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, those worriers, sceptics and pessimists have absolutely nothing to be concerned about.

This is after the Pacers looked in complete control from start to finish as they beat the Toronto Raptors by 100-83 to tie up the series in an impressive game four victory.

Mahinmi Magic

The star of the show was not Paul George for once, nor was it CJ Miles or George Hill. Ian Mahinmi stepped up for Indiana to lead them to the win, putting in a hugely impressive performance that guided the Pacers to their second win in the series. 

The 29-year-old Frenchman led the Pacers in pretty much every single category, finishing the night with a career-high 22 points, to go along with team leading stats of 10 rebounds and five assists, all culminating in a +20 night.

Mahinmi did get some help, though, with George Hill also finishing on 22 points from an impressive 9-of-11 shooting, while PG ended the contest with 19 points of his own.

With all the talk about Toronto's key man actually being Jonas Valanciunas, Mahinmi did excellently to limit the Lithuanian's impact on proceedings. Valanciunas did still top score for the Raptors with 16 points, but Mahinmi managed to stop him from being such a huge influence.

Raptors Struggles

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan's run of being below-par in the playoffs continued yet again as they struggled in Indy. The All-Star duo combined for a meagre 20 points on 8-of-27 shooting from the field. 

The two of them really need to step it up because the Raptors play such a guard-oriented system that there is a reason why they look like the 7th seed in all of this rather than Indiana.

Barring Valanciunas' 16 and Lowry's 12 points, DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell were the only other Raptors to reach double figures, managing 12 and 10 respectively on a night where Toronto shot 36.5% from the field as a team and 26.7% from beyond the arc.

The series moves back to the T-Dot with game five taking place on April 26.

Ian Mahinmi
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division

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