After a one-way game vs Indiana (94-74), the 76ers produced a much better performance versus Toronto (second in the eastern conference) but fell short regardless 103-114.
Two players contributed efficiently to the Raptors’s victory. The well-known Demar Derozan who dropped 35 points (12/24, 10/10 free throws, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) and Louis Williams scoring 21 points along with 3 rebounds and 5 assists. On 76ers’ side, we can see Nerlens Noel fighting with a complete stat sheet (17 points at 7/7, 7 rebounds and 3 assists), helped by Ish Smith and his 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. In this disputed game, only a few details made the difference. Despite a better field goal percentage (53% versus 51%) and more assists (32 to 24), Philadelphia turned the ball over more (16 vs 11) and scored less foul shots (68% versus 88%). Those details benefited the Raptors in the first half, helping them notch the first two quarters 26-22 and 29-27. The 76ers came back down 1 point from the Raptors (40-39) but would enter the half break down 49-55.
In the second half, even though the Sixers are standing shoulder to shoulder with Toronto, they can’t come back all the way to tie the game up. Thomas registers 13 points ( at 6/8 with 5 rebounds in 14 minutes ) in the third quarter (27-28) but the Raptors reply and hold on to their lead going into the final quarter (76-83). A lead they will never let go and even increase to 14 points with 3 minutes left on the clock. Enough to control the game and stop their losing streak. Solid performance from Luc Mbah a Moute (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and the 76ers.