Within the dying minutes of Wednesday’s win, Kawhi Leonard hauled down a rebound and sprinted coast to coast, leaving the shocked Sixers in his wake as he threw down an emphatic dunk.
“It is good, man, generally once you go to the rim, the seas half,” stated Raptors coach Nick Nurse. “They did for him a pair for instances.”
Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 26 factors, whereas Serge Ibaka had 18 for the Raptors (21-5).
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On an evening Kyle Lowry and Danny Inexperienced mixed for a woeful 2-for-13 from three-point vary, Leonard made good on a season-high 5 of 6. He was one level shy of his profession excessive in scoring as a Raptor, which got here within the crew’s additional time win in opposition to Golden State.
Does he rise to the event in opposition to the league’s greatest groups?
“I feel, for him, it is curiosity degree,” Nurse stated. “Like all of us, there’s larger video games than others, and he is an immense expertise, he actually is. And when the stakes go up somewhat bit, he will play his hand somewhat more durable. I feel the juice will get flowing, it will get him somewhat bouncier along with his three-ball and somewhat faster with the ball in transition.”
Jimmy Butler had 38 factors to guide Philly (17-9), whereas JJ Redick added 25. Joel Embiid was held to only 10 factors.
Raptors have Philly’s quantity
The Raptors roared previous Philly 129-112 on Oct. 30 in Toronto, however lower than two weeks later the Sixers upped the ante, buying Butler from Minnesota in a deal that drastically altered the Jap Convention panorama.
Completely different crew maybe, but it surely was the identical end result for the Raptors, who beat Philly for the 13th consecutive time at house.
“It is laborious, I am making an attempt to determine it out, and my place too on the ground,” Embiid stated on the distinction between the 2 video games. “I’ve received to do a greater job, it is on me.”
The Sixers led for a lot of the first half, largely due to the Raptors’ horrible 3-for-12 taking pictures from three-point vary.
They lastly discovered some power within the third quarter and took a 78-77 lead into the fourth. A 9-Zero run by the Raptors’ bench put Toronto up by 9 factors over its Jap Convention rival, and when Valanciunas took a brief cross from C.J. Miles and threw down an enormous dunk, it put the Raptors up by 11 with 7:53 to play.
“It was our second unit,” Leonard stated. “They made stops, received rebounds, went on the offensive finish and made photographs. They did an excellent job of doing that.”
The Raptors beat the Sixers 28-12 on quick break factors, and their bench outscored Philadelphia’s 41-18.
‘Kyle Lowry is all the time mad at me,’ says Ujiri
Earlier within the day, social media was buzzing about ESPN’s interview with Kyle Lowry, who did not beat across the bush concerning the DeMar DeRozan commerce and his relationship with crew president Masai Ujiri.
“I felt betrayed as a result of he felt betrayed as a result of that is my man. That is my greatest buddy,” Lowry stated.
When requested about Ujiri, he stated “He is the president of the basketball operation and that is it. For me, I come right here and do my job.”
Ujiri laughed off the remark in a day interview saying “Kyle Lowry is all the time mad at me.”
ESPN is All-Entry in Toronto at the moment, which meant @Klow7 received VERY actual on the new-look Raptors, the primary time he spoke to Kawhi, how he came upon DeMar had been traded in a 2:30am telephone name and, effectively, you are going to must see his reply to the ultimate query for your self. pic.twitter.com/aXx9Cxt89S
The night time, dubbed “Mandela 100,” celebrated Nelson Mandela, who would have turned 100 this yr. Former Raptors all-star Chris Bosh, Blue Jays legend Joe Carter, and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba had been in attendance as a part of the festivities and obtained a loud ovation.
The Raptors, who had been coming off a 106-103 loss to Denver, had been as soon as once more tormented by poor taking pictures. Leonard related on Toronto’s solely three-pointer within the first quarter, and the Sixers took an early nine-point lead.
Toronto related on simply two of 9 three-point makes an attempt because the Raptors’ struggles continued into the second. A 3-pointer by Leonard with 37 seconds left within the half capped a 13-Zero run that gave Toronto a seven-point lead. The Raptors took a 53-49 benefit into the halftime break.