Can Sixers shoot their way to back-to-back wins?

Can Sixers shoot their way to back-to-back wins?

January 24, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Evan Turner, Michael Carter-Williams, and the Sixers are out to start only their third winning streak of the season. (AP)

The Sixers will try to duplicate the many good things they did in Wednesday's win over the Knicks when they face the Raptors at the Wells Fargo Center tonight.

"Any time we get a win, we can be positive and build off it," Thaddeus Young said. "We just need to go out there keep having fun and try to relax and play basketball."

Young hit a timely three-pointer with 1:47 to play that put the Sixers up 105-100 Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Sixers were 3 for 3 from three in the fourth quarter.

But this season the Sixers are a 32 percent three-point shooting team. They had shot just 14 percent from beyond in the previous three games combined. It was time for their long distance shooting to come back around.

On Wednesday, they finished 9 for 14 from deep (64.3 percent). It was the highest three-point shooting percentage the Sixers put up this season.

Their shooting was good. Their rebounding was strong. Their passing was generous.

Can the Sixers put together a similar effort together against the Raptors and start a winning streak for just the third time this season?

"We are getting better, especially getting into the All-Star break," Young said. "We aren't taking games lightly. We are going out there and being very serious about what we are doing. We are looking forward to the All-Star break, but we are trying to get as many wins possible before the break."

The Sixers have 12 games between now and that break -- six home and six away.

"I think when we string wins together we have followed with a string of losses," Evan Turner said, joking about the consistency of that pattern. He is coming off a career-high 34-point performance versus New York. "Obviously we want to get this win tonight. We need to just come out and keep going with the flow."

The Sixers' current 14-28 record is the fourth-worst in the NBA.