Instant Replay: Raptors 108, Sixers 100

Instant Replay: Raptors 108, Sixers 100

December 13, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Evan Turner's double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) wasn't enough as the Sixers lost their 10th straight away game with a 108-100 defeat to Toronto. (USA Today Images)


TORONTO -- The Sixers' drought on the road had reached nine games over the course of 41 days entering their tilt against the Raptors.

On Friday in Toronto, the Sixers clawed back from a 15-point deficit in the first quarter and a 14-point hole in the fourth, but came up short for a 108-100 loss to the Raptors.

The Sixers tied the game a couple of times and cut Toronto's lead to two with 1:55 left in regulation, but the Raptors stayed the course to hand the Sixers their 10th consecutive road loss.

Michael Carter-Williams missed his fifth straight game because of a sore right knee. Carter-Williams is listed as day to day.

Turning point
Not being able to finish a quarter strong was detrimental to the Sixers Friday night. The Raptors went on a 10-0 run in the final 2:57 of the first to lead by 15.

Toronto also closed out the second quarter on an 11-3 run, taking a tie game to an eight-point lead.

And with 1:23 to play in the third quarter, the Raptors extended a two-point lead to seven headed into the final 12 minutes.

The Sixers' turnovers and inability to defend played a factor in each of Toronto’s runs.

Follow the leader
DeMar DeRozan is difficult for many people to guard. He entered Friday 12th in the NBA in scoring with 21.3 points per game. DeRozan had his season average with 6:39 left to play in the third quarter.

DeRozan finished with 27 points, hitting a couple of big shots in the final stretch of the fourth.

Terrence Ross added 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting (4 of 7 from three-point range). His three late in the game gave the Raptors a five-point lead.

Tony Wroten made five three-pointers and led the Sixers with 23 points, while Evan Turner came to life in the second half to score 14 of his 21 points. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists.

During his pregame media session, Brett Brown was asked about encouraging his team to shoot the three-point shot and whether or not that was a problem. Brown said he likes his team to take smart threes and for them to be taken by guys capable of making them.

The Sixers made five of their first seven three-point attempts and then went 4 of 16 the rest of the way.

Take a bow
James Anderson continues to be a scoring boost off the Sixers' bench. Anderson made 4 of 10 field goal attempts and went 4 for 5 from the foul line. He finished with 13 points.

What’s next?
The Sixers return home to play a Portland Trailblazers team that has surprised many with a 19-4 start, best in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland in scoring and rebounding with 23.5 points and 10.6 rebounds.

Damian Lillard is the reigning Rookie of the Year and is averaging 20.1 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Blazers, winners of eight of their last 10.