Jeff Teague just couldn’t escape the Serge Ibaka block party.
After zipping right through the Raptors defence with under a minute left in the first half, Teague had (what he thought was) an easy lay up, until Ibaka went full Iblocka and delivered a vicious rejection, keeping the Raps lead at 15.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 19, 2017
Later in the game with the Raptors leading 74-60, Ibaka decided to toy with Teague once more, as Toronto’s marquee trade-deadline pickup again got his massive hand in the way of what appeared to be an easy bucket for Teague.
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 20, 2017
On top of a couple soul-stealing blocks, Ibaka finished with 16 points and five rebounds as the Raptors grabbed a big 116-91 home victory on Sunday afternoon. With the W, the Raptors sit 1.5 games back of the Washington Wizards for third spot in the East, and three back of the Boston Celtics for second.
Entering the matchup with the Pacers, Ibaka was averaging 14.1 points and 32 minutes per game in his first 12 games with his new club. The former Thunder and Magic power forward has also added 6.7 rebounds a night while shooting 44 percent from the field including a near 37 percent clip from beyond the arc.