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

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 8, 2018

76ers: Embiid's double-double was his league-best 24th.

Philadelphia has guard Jimmy Butler now, acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and is 8-2 with him.

Lowry's Toronto Raptors lost 106-105 in overtime to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. "As long as we're winning games, it's supposed to be like that". The 76ers last played Sunday, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-95 at the Wells Fargo Center. Leonard has led Toronto in scoring in four straight games.

"We look forward to going up there and using it as an early sort of barometer of where we are", 76ers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday.

The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench.

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

While new Timberwolves Robert Covington and Dario Saric bring a lot to the table, the confidence, swagger and two-way production Butler is capable of are exactly what the Sixers needed.

Simmons suffered one of his more quiet nights as he finished with just eight points
Simmons suffered one of his more quiet nights as he finished with just eight points

He was acquired November 12 with Justin Patton from Minnesota in exchange for Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and a 2022 second-round draft pick. "I think everything (Embiid) does is powerful", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said on Tuesday. "He showed some really good minutes in the five position. He's in that conversation for MVP".

Leonard has 522 points in his first 20 games with Toronto, more than any other player in franchise history.

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.

Mention of that impressive record saw Nurse acknowledge that the forward appears to move to another level against other contenders as Toronto improved to 21-5 at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Toronto's 17 offensive rebounds were a season high.

Before the game Nurse said that Valanciunas can be hard on himself, getting frustrated when the ball isn't falling. We weren't able to do that.

The Raptors hurt themselves Monday with their slow start. "Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking". We let them get on a run and then we had to fight back. "If you try to turn it on versus the good teams, it's very hard to do that".

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