(Photo credit: Alex Brandon/Associated Press via CBC Sports)
The Toronto Raptors got a dominating win on the road in Philadelphia, upending the 76ers in a 99-78 victory.
Andrea Bargnani continued to be effective scoring the basketball and had 24 points on the night. DeMar DeRozan scored 18, while Jose Calderon had 12 points and dished out 13 assists. Ed Davis was strong on the glass all game pulling down 14 rebounds (including 3 offensive rebounds), in only 25 minutes.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey gave Alan Anderson the opportunity to start the game. It was his first start since April 17, 2006 when he was then with the Charlotte Bobcats, almost 6 years bewteen starts. He made the most of his opportunity scoring 13 points on 5-7 shooting, including 3-4 from three, and pulling down 4 boards. Anderson had been honing his skills in the D-League, most recently playing with the Canton Charge, before being called up by the Toronto Raptors on March 26th.
Elton Brand & Jrue Holiday were probably the only bright spots for the 76ers on this night, each scoring 20 points on above 50% shooting.
The game was definitely a tale of two halves. Neither team was playing much defense early on, but the Raptors certainly turned the tide in the second half, with some help via cold outside shooting from the 76ers.
The game in numbers:
- The 76ers lead the Raptors 56-55 at half time.
- The Raptors outscored the 76ers 44-22 in the second half.
- Philadelphia missed 13 straight field goals in a 8:37 stretch in the 4th.
- Philadelphia only scored 7 points in the 4th quarter. Toronto scored 20.
- Toronto dominated the percentages in the game. Shooting 51% from the field, 43 % from three, and 100% at the free throw line.
The game was so lopsided that there was even a Solomon Alabi sighting for the Toronto Raptors. He had a nice strong dunk in the dying moments of the game.
This marks the Raptors first 3 game winning streak of the season, and they have not lost yet this month. The win was the Raptors’ 20th of the season.
Toronto will now look to extend that streak to 4 games as they return home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. It appears that the Cavaliers will be without the services of Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss 10 days due to a shoulder injury.