Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night by a score of 113-102 in what was a defence-oriented game.
This was the second time that these two teams met this season, but the first time that Philadelphia faced the Raptors with Jimmy Butler. Butler played against Toronto earlier this season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Butler scored a team-high 38 points and recorded a double-double as well by adding 10 rebounds. JJ Reddick scored 25, while Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were kept quiet by being limited to only 18 combined points. Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had eight points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Simmons has the ability to play almost any position, but the 76ers play him at point guard because of his impressive vision.
Kawhi Leonard did most of the heavy lifting for the Raptors, scoring 36 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas did his part off the bench by scoring 26 points and grabbing eight rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.
Dunks were at a premium as Leonard had three and Valanciunas had one.
Kyle Lowry continues to show that he is the heart of the Raptors, never giving up on any play.
Jonas Valanciunas demonstrated that he learned a thing or two from former teammate DeMar DeRozan’s time in Toronto.
The majority of the dunks came in the fourth quarter, with arguably the most entertaining one coming from Kawhi Leonard.
The Raptors are in Brooklyn to play against the Nets on Friday night at Barclays Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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