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Toronto Raptors Vs Sixers Postgame Notes

Postgame notes from the Toronto Raptors 100-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

The game marked the return of the Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan who hadn’t played since injuring his groin at home against Dallas on November 28. DeRozan scored an easy 20 points in 28.8 minutes on 9-14 shooting.

Last season’s Rookie-of-the-Year Michael Carter-Williams was the Sixers only real offensive threat scoring a game-high 29 points and the contrast only served to emphasize Head Coach Brett Brown’s pregame assertion that his team struggles to score.

With the win the Raptors move to 26-12 and a half game back of Washington for second place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto improved to 15-0 when holding their opponent’s score below 100 points.

Lou Williams found his missing three-point stroke, going 4-8 from deep and 6-12 overall for 19 points in 23.6 minutes. Williams had been shooting 24.1 percent from deep over his previous 9 games.

Kyle Lowry came close to another triple-double with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists.

Amir Johnson had a season high 16 rebounds to go with 10 points.

For the Sixers, the high-flying rookie K.J. McDaniels had 4 blocks and 8 rebounds as the starting shooting guard to go with his 10 points. The Raptors could have taken this kid in the draft.

The Raptors led by 16 points in the second quarter, but turnovers bit them once again and the Sixers closed to within 4 points at the half. Toronto refocused their efforts after the break to rebuild and hold onto their lead.

Toronto had averaged 16.8 turnovers over the previous five games and turned the ball over 17 times to the Sixers.

With the loss, the Sixers record falls to 7-31.

The Raptors led this game wire-to-wire.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.