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.