Raptors' All-Star guards can't find the target

DeMar DeRozan was 4-of-15 from the field Saturday. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors’ All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan continued their poor postseason shooting Saturday in the Indiana Pacers' 100-83 victory.

The fourth-highest scoring duo in the NBA in the regular season, Lowry and DeRozan combined to average 44.7 points. They are averaging 28.8 points in the series against the Pacers.

Lowry and DeRozan combined to shoot 8-for-27 in Game 4, including 0-for-7 from beyond the 3-point line. For the series, they are shooting 30.8 percent from the field, the worst of any starting backcourt in the 2016 postseason. Moreover, they combined for as many turnovers as assists Saturday (nine).

The next-worst shooting by a starting backcourt has come from the Portland Trail Blazers (32.8 percent entering Saturday night’s Game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers).

Neither Lowry nor DeRozan has shot better than 40 percent in any game this series.

Pacers ride hot start to victory

The Pacers led by 15 points at halftime after trailing by 17 at halftime of Game 3, and they never trailed Saturday. Turnovers were a huge difference: They had seven fewer than Toronto in the first half Saturday, compared with having eight more turnovers than the Raptors in the first half of Game 3.

Indiana’s big halftime lead also reflected improved shooting compared with Game 3. The Pacers shot 56 percent in the first half Saturday (47 percent for the game) compared with 33 percent in the first half of Game 3 (38 percent for the game).

Another key to the Pacers’ strong first half was their ability to create open shots. They were 4-of-9 (44 percent) on such shots in the first half of Game 3, and they created more open shots (16) and shot better on them (11 made shots, 69 percent) in the first half of Game 4.