Sixers were thwarted by hot three-point shooting in MCW's return
Rudy Gay scored 18 points in the Raptors' 108-98 win over the Sixers. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers welcomed Michael Carter-Williams back to their starting lineup on Wednesday after the rookie spent the previous four games sidelined with a bruised arch in his left foot.
While Carter-Williams was added back, Thaddeus Young missed the game because of personal reasons.
With that said, it didn’t matter who was on the floor for the Sixers as no one could slow down the Toronto Raptors in a 108-98 loss. The defeat was the Sixers’ fourth in a row and dropped their record to 5-8.
The Raptors made 14 threes in the win to overtake the Sixers for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sixers cut their deficit down to six points with 2:53 to play in the third quarter. The Raptors proceeded to go on a 17-7 run to close out the quarter and take a 16-point advantage into the final period.
Follow the leader
DeMar DeRozan has been on an absolute tear against the Sixers in recent games.
Prior to Wednesday, DeRozan had scored 29 and 27 in his last two matchups against the Sixers. He outdid himself on Wednesday when he poured in 33 while making 10 of 19 shots.
Rudy Gay added 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Spencer Hawes had his eighth double-double of the season with a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds. Hawes was 7 of 7 from the field through three quarters before finishing 10 of 13 for the game.
Carter-Williams scored 10 points on 2 of 10 shooting in his first game back. He also had six rebounds, six assists and six to go with a couple of blocks.
The Raptors came into the game among the NBA leaders by averaging 14 offensive rebounds per game. The Sixers limited them to nine.
Toronto is also first in the NBA in second-chance points and the Sixers held them to seven such points on 2 of 5 shooting.
Take a bow
Kyle Lowry treated his Raptors teammates to a home-cooked meal Tuesday night prepared by his mom and his wife. Lowry, a Philadelphia native who attended Cardinal Dougherty High School and then Villanova, also had his local barber on hand for anyone that desired a haircut.
Lowry scored 13 points and handed out 10 assists in front of his friends and family during Wednesday night’s win.
The Sixers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Heading into Wednesday, the Bucks had the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 2-7.
The Bucks are 28th in the league in scoring with just 90.2 points per game. On the flip side, they allow and they allow the opposition to score 98.7 points a contest.