Zumoff and Rose recap Sixers' loss to Raptors
Kyle Lowry's 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds led the Raptors to a 104-95 win over the Sixers. (USA Today Images)
Twice this season, the Sixers have strung together winning streaks. They opened the season on a three-game winning streak and then impressively won four in a row on their West Coast swing.
A win over the Raptors on Friday would have given the Sixers their third winning streak of the season after beating the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Another winning streak will have to wait as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (22-20) topped the Sixers (14-29), 104-95, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tony Wroten missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle.
At the end of the third quarter, Sixers guard Elliot Williams took an ill-advised three-pointer with 24.9 seconds on the clock. It didn’t go in. The Raptors got the rebound and let the clock run before Kyle Lowry made a three with 0.9 seconds left. That shot gave the Raptors an 80-77 lead.
Toronto used that play as momentum and started the fourth quarter on a 14-5 run and never looked back.
Follow the leader
Lowry, a former Cardinal Dougherty High School and Villanova star, was sensational, notching his fourth career triple-double with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.
DeMar DeRozan lived up to his billing, scoring a game-high 34 points to go with nine rebounds. He also got to the free-throw line often, making 13 of 16 attempts. The Sixers as a team were 13 of 16 at the foul line.
The Sixers were led in scoring by Michael Carter- Williams, who had 20 points, three rebounds and five assists.
Spencer Hawes had his 16th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Before trading Rudy Gay, the Raptors had three games of 20 assists or more in 19 tries. Since then, they have had 20 or more assists 18 times in 23 tries, including their 28 assists in this game.
Take a bow
Hollis Thompson made 6 of 7 field goal attempts for 15 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds. He shot 86 percent from the floor, while his teammates were a combined 39 percent from the field.
The Sixers play the back end of their back-to-back on Saturday night when they welcome Oklahoma City to town. The Thunder bring with them the league’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant. Durant did not play Friday night in OKC's win over Boston because of a shoulder injury. It is unclear what Durant’s status will be for Saturday night.
Durant has been the talk of the league because of his scoring prowess. Over his last 10 games, Durant is scoring a point per minute, averaging 37 points in 37 minutes. On the season, he is averaging 31 points, shooting 50 percent from the field including 41 percent from behind the arc.
The Thunder have the best record in the Western Conference at 34-10.