DeRozan drops 31 early, Lowry takes over late as surging Raptors snap Sixers two-game win run
DeMar DeRozan had 31 points in three quarters against the Sixers. AP

DEMAR DeRozan caught fire early then Kyle Lowry provided the finishing kick in his Philadelphia homecoming as the Toronto Raptors took down the Sixers, 123-114, at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

DeRozan had another 30-point night but only needed three quarters to drop 31 on the Philadelphia defense, as the Raptors overcame a feisty Sixers start and turned a three-point deficit after the first 12 minutes into a 60-54 lead at the break.

Lowry started the turnaround with two triples midway through the second quarter when the Raptors took the lead and never looked back. His three-pointer early in the fourth gave Toronto its biggest lead at 19, a gap the Sixers trimmed down to five but ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Toronto has won its fourth straight game to improve to 18-7 as Lowry added 20 points and seven assists. Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 17 markers and 10 boards, while Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph each scored 13 off the bench.

Robert Covington led Philadelphia, who saw its two-game win run snapped, with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Jahlil Okafor added 17 markers, while Gerald Henderson and Sergio Rodriguez scored 16 apiece.

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