Stephenson, Pacers fight off Raptors

Lance Stephenson scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Pacers held off the visiting Toronto Raptors 107-104 on Friday.

Stephenson came in for Victor Oladipo, who had 21 points but had to leave the game midway through the fourth quarter with an injured knee.

“Victor’s knee was bothering him and Lance was playing well,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “Victor wanted to go back in but he didn’t seem confident. He was feeling soreness and wanted to give it a try, but Lance was playing good basketball so I decided to make that decision for him and stay with Lance.”

Bojan Bogdanovic added 19 points for the Pacers, winners of five straight.

The Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry’s 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.