The Toronto Raptors headed into Philadelphia Friday night to take on the 76ers in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Raptors were quick to jump out the gate and took an early 13 point lead in the first quarter. However, the Sixers increased their intensity on defense and forced the Raptors into turnovers. The Sixers would end the quarter on a big run and took a one point lead heading into the second.
Throughout the second and third quarters, the teams exchanged blows, but neither could pull away. The Sixers got up by seven, but the Raptors weathered the storm and trimmed the lead back down. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Raptors were up by two. With the Raptors being the best fourth quarter defensive team in the NBA, they had to feel very good about their chances to close the game with a win. And that's exactly what they did. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan dominated on the offensive end, while the defense as a whole locked down and held the Sixers to 17 fourth quarter points. It was a strong effort for the Raptors and a much needed win.
DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Kyle Lowry recorded his fourth career triple-double with a line of 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Both players continue to make a strong push for an all-star selection and these performances could very well send them both to New Orleans.
With the win, the Raptors have won two straight and move to 22-20 on the season. The Sixers fall to 14-29 and have lost four of their last five.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- The Raptors' bench continued their strong play as they poured in 27 points. John Salmons had 12 points. Patrick Patterson added 11 points and nine rebounds. Chuck Hayes only had two points, but grabbed eight rebounds and played solid defense in the post.
- DeMar DeRozan struggled to find his shot early on and instead of forcing bad shots, he did the right thing and attacked the rim. DeRozan went to the free throw line 16 times, making 13 of his attempts.
- Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 20 points, five assists and three rebounds. The rookie had another good game, but shot 6/15 from the floor and had four turnovers.
- Sixers forward Evan Turner was held to just 13 points on 5-17 shooting. Turner is the Sixers' leading scorer averaging 18.5 points per game.
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