11/11/12 – In the 2nd game of this weekend's back to back, the Sixers traveled to Toronto to take on the Raptors on Saturday night. Philly was coming off a big win over the Boston Celtics, one which was a hard earned victory where Jrue and Turner showed up big. The Raptors don't quite pose the threat of the Celtics but still have some ample players. The Sixers, still relatively injured, can't afford to take any games off. In the 2nd game of a back to back, they would have to rely on the bench to get them through this one.
To start the game the Sixers reverted back to looking sluggish. Bad shot selection and a few turnovers led to a Toronto 9-0 run in the first half, putting the Sixers down 10. After last night's intense game vs. Boston, the starters didn't have the same spark. However, the bench showed up in a big way to give the Sixers the edge. Spencer Hawes and Nick Swag P Young led the charge as the Sixers fought back and took an extended lead into halftime. The 'Night Shift' spearheaded a Philly 32-7 margin over the Raptors in the 2nd quarter where they shot 12-17. At the haft, Ast. Coach Brian James said that was the best the bench has played all season. In the 2nd half the Sixers lead slimmed a bit, but their aggressiveness continued as they continued to attack the rim. By the 4th quarter the Raptors couldn't hang on and Philly rolled to their 3rd straight road win. Final: PHI 93-83.
1. Jrue - 35:09 mins., 16 pts., 3 rebs., 5 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk., 7 TOs
2. Thad Young – 33:44 mins., 16 pts., 8 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 2 TOs
3. Swag Young – 32:19 mins., 16 pts., 2 rebs., 1 blk.
4. D Wright – 26:30 mins., 15 pts., 6 rebs., 1 stl., 2 TOs
5. Hawes – 23:24 mins., 12 pts., 11 rebs., 3 asts., 1 blk., 1 TO
6. Turner – 37:25 mins., 8 pts., 12 rebs., 4 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk., 3 TOs
7. Royal Ivey – 19:28 mins., 8 pts., 3 rebs., 5 asts., 3 stls.
8. Damien Wilkins – 10:36 mins., 2 pts., 1 reb.
Andrea Bargnani – 23 pts., 5 rebs., 3 asts., 3 stls., 1 TO
DeMar DeRozan – 19 pts., 6 rebs., 1 stl., 1 TO
Jose Calderon – 14 pts., 3 rebs., 11 asts., 1 blk., 4 TOs
Jonas Valenciunas – 8 pts., 8 rebs., 1 ast., 1 blk.
The Sixers took care of business tonight in a game where they were out-manned and out-gunned. With J-Rich out of the lineup, the Sixers shooting guard and forward rotations are cut down. And with Andrew Bynum and Kwame Brown out, they Sixers remain slim at the front-court. Despite this, the Sixers bench was able to step up when the starters were clearly beat from the Celtics game last night. Spencer Hawes had a double-double, Nick Swag Young was unstoppable in the 2nd quarter, and even Royal Ivey had a solid game. D Wright shot well too. Granted the Raptors aren't very good and were missing their best player in Kyle Lowry. But, still a good result for the Sixers when the odds were stacked against them. 3 for 3 on the road trip. Now they look forward to 5 straight in South Philly at the Wells Fargo Center. Next game Monday 7 p.m. vs. Milwaukee Bucks. CSN. More to come…
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