Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

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The shot attempts and makes are also both new season-highs for Butler, who has totaled 59 points over the past two games after combining for just 18 points in the previous two contests.

Toronto's 17 offensive rebounds were a season high.

There will be a lot of questions for the Raptors about their shooting lately and how much they've struggled, but it's a good sign the way the team fought through that in this game and found a way to win, despite those troubles.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win with our effort but the execution just wasn't there", 76ers guard JJ Redick said.

A 9-0 run by the Raptors bench early in the fourth took an 81-81 game and broke it open. "I think everything (Embiid) does is powerful", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said on Tuesday. Philadelphia is a good, tough opponent, and this wasn't a ideal outing for the Raptors, but it showed how talented this team is that they can fight through those games, even against a good team, and pull out the win.

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The Philadelphia 76ers appear to be in a better position this time around to win for the first time in Toronto in six years. Butler was called for a technical foul in the third quarter and Embiid got one in the fourth.

In their loss to the Nuggets, the Raptors shot.268 (11-for-41) from 3-point range and were 3-for-22 (.136) from beyond the arc in the first half. Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds.

The Raptors and Leonard have had the edge on the 76ers. Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia.

The Raptors finished last season with the best record in franchise history, but they came up short again in the postseason against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, this may have been overshadowed by another turnover-filled game for the Sixers. That group included former Raptors All-Star Chris Bosh, former Blue Jays slugger Joe Carter, soccer player Didier Drogba, and comedian Chris Tucker. With Butler, Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers had proven a tough opponent to match up against for opponents, and it showed in the first half of this game.

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