Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night by a score of 126-101.
Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry played his first game back with the Raptors since their win against the Golden State Warriors on December 12.
Lowry scored 20, grabbed six rebounds, and provided five assists. Pascal Siakam lead scorers with 26 points, tying his career-high. Siakam also had six rebounds. Norman Powell scored 13 off the bench, along with Fred VanVleet who scored 12. OG Anunoby scored just five points, a complete contrast to his 21-point performance a night before against the Cavaliers.
Toronto had trouble from three-point range, shooting 25%. Siakam went 0-6 from three, and Lowry went 2-9.
Joel Embiid had a field day against the Raptors as Greg Monroe was his opposition for most of the night. Embiid had a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Simmons also recorded a double-double, as he scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, he also dished eight assists. Sharpshooter JJ Reddick scored 22 points, and was 4-5 from three-point range.
The Raptors continue to make team plays as they are still trying to get their two main big men back to full health.
Toronto went 2-2 in Lowry’s absence, and his aggressive presence was missed during that time.
Kawhi Leonard is yet to play a full back-to-back, which raises questions about if the Raptors are managing his minutes to keep him healthy, or if he wants to play elsewhere next season.
Toronto have a short break over Christmas, before playing their next game against the Miami Heat on Boxing Day at AmericanAirlines Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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