Philadelphia 76ers primed for rare win in Toronto

Postado Dezembro 08, 2018

"I try to perform every night", he said.

The third quarter largely brought more of the same, with Butler and Leonard trading blows as each team largely struggled to find other offense, before the Raptors bench came to life to open the fourth quarter.

"You've got to do it on a nightly basis, whoever you're guarding, whoever you're playing".

Ibaka and Valanciunas were effective defensively too, limiting Embiid to 10 points with 12 rebounds for Philadelphia (17-9). "It's hard to say "Oh, we can stop him', he's just a guy that you must keep a body on, be physical with". "I think everything (Embiid) does is powerful", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said on Tuesday.

Leonard scored 36 points in a 113-102 Raptors home win and he has now had 30-point games against both the Sixers and the Boston Celtics twice, as well as the Golden State Warriors once.

The former San Antonio Spur exploded for 21 first half points to help the Eastern Conference leaders take a 53-49 lead at the break. Lowry recorded a team-high 11 assists; his 14th game with 10 or-more assists this season and the 22nd consecutive time that he has led the team outright in assists, matching Damon Stoudamire's franchise record set in 1996.

"Early in the game, they did everything", Siakam said. "If you try to turn it on against the good teams, it's really hard to do that".

Leonard answered by scoring the next five points, and Toronto went into the fourth period in front, 78-77. Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia. The others are Kevin Durant (Golden State), James Harden (Houston) and LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers).

This was also an extremely well-coached game by Nick Nurse, planning effectively to slow down Joel Embiid with well-timed help from the Raptors perimeter defenders limiting his ability to be effective in the paint while forcing seven turnovers from Ben Simmons with great ball pressure.

The game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday's gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night.