- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

TORONTO (AP) - Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points, Chris Bosh had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors used a big second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 110-87 on Sunday, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored a career-high 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which had not won since a 118-110 home victory over Minnesota on Feb. 24.

Troy Murphy had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, with T.J. Ford adding 15 and Jarrett Jack 13.

Indiana swingman Danny Granger returned from an 11-game absence, coming off the bench in the first quarter and finishing with 10 points in 18 minutes. Granger, out since Feb. 18 because of a partially torn tendon in his right foot, is expected to start Wednesday when the Pacers host Portland.

The Pacers shot 19-for-43 in the first half but fell apart in the second, finishing 13-for-42.

Shawn Marion scored the highlight basket of the game, taking a pass from Bargnani and soaring over Granger for a one-handed fast-break dunk in the third, then heading to the line to complete the three-point play. Marion converted an alley-oop pass from Jose Calderon on the next possession, putting Toronto up 73-63 and forcing the Pacers to call timeout.

Marion scored all 10 of his points in the third as the Raptors outscored the Pacers 37-19 to take a 90-69 edge into the fourth.

Indiana led 26-24 after the first and opened a 44-37 lead with 5:23 left in the half before the Raptors rallied. Bargnani’s 3-pointer with 1:50 left put Toronto in front. Bargnani shot 6-for-7 in the half and scored 16 points as the Raptors closed the second on a 14-3 run to lead 53-50 at the break.

Notes: Tickets to Sunday’s game featured a photo of former Pacers center Jermaine O’Neal. The six-time All-Star was acquired by Toronto last summer but traded to Miami last month. … The Raptors celebrated their final home game before St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green uniforms, including green and white shoes. … Toronto outrebounded Indiana 55-38. … The Pacers shot 9-for-31 from 3-point range.

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