Forward Paul George scored 23 points, including 17 in the third quarter, to lead the still-undefeated Indiana Pacers to a 91-84 home victory over the Toronto Raptors in early-season NBA action.
With Friday night's win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Pacers improved to 6-0 and equaled the best start in franchise history.
Indiana also won its first six games in the 1970-71 season, when the club was a member of the rival American Basketball Association, which merged with the NBA in 1976.
Center Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 20 points and also hauled down seven rebounds, while point guard George Hill added 14 points for the Central Division leaders.
Argentine reserve Luis Scola also was a key contributor for the Pacers, scoring eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots.
Rudy Gay scored 30 points in a losing effort for the Raptors, who led by two at halftime but were stymied by the Pacers' vaunted defense in the third quarter, when Toronto was outscored 28-13.
Amir Johnson and Kyle Lowry, who each scored 12 points, were the only two other players in double figures for the Raptors, who fell to 2-4 on the season.