TORONTO The first meeting between the Sixers and Raptors was an offensive struggle in which the Raptors scored just 62 points. In the second meeting, the Sixers were offensively-challenged team, scoring 78 points.
Things got reverted back to the first game on Wednesday night at Air Canada Centre as the Sixers pulled away for a 93-75 win. Their record improved to 31-27.
The Sixers led 42-37 at the break after holding the Raptors to 36 percent shooting. Keep in mind that the Raptors were without their leading scorer, Andrea Bargnani, who was sidelined with a calf injury. That took 20 points out of the Torontos lineup, not to mention changed their pick-and-pop style of offense.
Doug Collins stuck with the lineup he chose one day earlier and again it bolstered the team offensively. The Sixers bench had three guys in double figures, totaling 43 points in the victory.
The Sixers defense was excellent, holding Toronto to 35 percent shooting. The Sixers shot 53 percent from the floor.
Turning pointThe Sixers had an 11-0 spurt over a span of 2:23 spurt in the middle of the fourth quarter. It allowed them to take a 10-point lead and stretch it to 21.
Follow the leaderThe Sixers shot distribution was amazingly balanced with eight players finishing with between six and nine shot attempts.
Thaddeus Young led all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Alan Anderson and Ed Davis each had 13 points to lead Toronto. Jose Calderon was limited to just 22 minutes because he suffered an eye injury just like in the last meeting. He had just four assists.
Stat-egicThe Sixers definitely got good shots, scoring 58 points in the paint to Torontos 18. However, there werent many layups in transition as the Sixers had just 11 fastbreak points.
Take a bowNick Vucevic was placed in the starting lineup Monday night in New Jersey. He scored four points and pulled down eight rebounds in just 16 minutes.
Collins told the rookie after the game that he liked his work on the backboard, but he wanted his now-starting center to be more assertive offensively.
Vucevic led the Sixers starters in scoring with 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 20 minutes of work. He also had five rebounds.
Whats next?The Sixers will play the Nets at home Friday. It will be the third meeting of four between the two teams and the second in five days.
The Sixers beat New Jersey 107-88 on Monday to snap their four-game losing streak.
Kris Humphries delivered a 20-point, 10-rebound performance but Spencer Hawes was comparable with a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds.
Deron Williams scored 34 points the last time he was at the Wells Fargo Center before being held to 14 points Monday night.
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