Postgame Plus: A tale of two quarters for Sixers
Thad Young scored 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added three steals against the Raptors on Friday. (USA Today Images)
Four of five starters scored in double-figures, but the Sixers still lost to the Toronto Raptors, 104-95, at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday (see Instant Replay). It was the fourth loss in the last five games for the Sixers, and their eighth defeat in their last 10 at home.
The Sixers had eight consecutive scoreless possessions in the fourth quarter to help the Raptors pull ahead. The Sixers also fell to 2-19 when failing to score 100 or more points.
Some observations from the game:
1. Marquee matchup
Evan Turner and DeMar DeRozan both scored career-highs in the run-up to Friday’s game. Turner went for 34 against the Knicks on Wednesday evening while DeRozan put up 40 on the Mavericks.
For their respective encores, Turner had 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal against Toronto. DeRozan posted a game-high 34 points to go with nine rebounds.
2. Lowry low-down
Kyle Lowry is having a fantastic season for the Raptors. That continued against the Sixers. The Villanova product was the best player on the floor. Lowry messed around and got a triple-double, finishing with 18 points (including three three-pointers), 13 assists and 10 rebounds. He’s a monster. A 6-foot monster.
3. Posterizing professional
Thaddeus Young had a mean, unrepentant, left-handed dunk over Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas late in the second quarter. (Young had 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.) Note to Andrea Bargnani. That is how you dunk on someone’s head. This is not how you dunk on someone’s head.
4. Climbing the rookie wall
After the Sixers lost to the Heat last week, Michael Carter-Williams mentioned the rookie wall. He’s done a good job climbing over it since then. MCW put up 31 points, six rebounds and five assists against Washington on Monday. He followed that with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists versus the Knicks on Wednesday. And on Friday, he had a team-high 20 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals against the Raptors.
5. Turning over a new leaf?
The Sixers had 10 turnovers, which tied for a season-low. So there was that.
6. Best of the basement
The Raptors are one of just five teams in the Eastern Conference with a record of .500 or better. They are 22-20 and in first place in the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic Division is awful. This public service announcement brought to you by your basketball-loving friends at CSNPhilly.com.
The Oklahoma City Thunder -- who lead the Western Conference -- come to the Wells Fargo Center Saturday evening. Should be a little different than facing the Raptors.