Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/10/12
TORONTO – The Philadelphia 76ers were playing for the second night in a row but they made the Toronto Raptors look like the tired team on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. Powered by a dominating second quarter in which they outscored the Raptors by 25 points, the 76ers earned a 93-83 victory over Toronto. The win followed Friday’s victory over the Boston Celtics while the Raptors had not played since Wednesday’s loss at Dallas. The Sixers spread out their scoring. Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points each. Dorell Wright added 15 and Spencer Hawes scored 12 with 11 rebounds. Nick Young who was a big factor in Philadelphia’s second-quarter splurge did his damage after coming off the bench, as did Hawes. Starter Evan Turner also had 12 rebounds to go with eight points. Anderea Bargnani led the Raptors with 23 points while DeMar DeRozan scored 19. Jose Calderon had 14 points and 11 assists for Toronto while Jonas Valanciunas scored eight. The Raptors, who already were playing without Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields, lost Alan Anderson to a sprained left foot late in the game. He finished with seven points. The Raptors (1-5) made up 12 points in the third quarter to pull within seven points entering the fourth. But Philadelphia (4-2) always seemed in control and were leading 81-67 after Thaddeus Young hit a jumper with six minutes to play in the game. The Sixers took a 19-point lead into the second half after swamping the Raptors in a 32-7 second quarter. But the Raptors put on a surge of their own in the third quarter. They pulled to within 69-62 at the end of the third when Amir Johnson put in a buzzer-beating alley-oop dunk on a pass from Calderon. The points stood after a video review by the officials. Philadelphia spotted the Raptors six points after the first quarter and then took over the second quarter to open a 52-33 half-time lead. Nick Young scored all of his 11 first-half points in the second quarter. Hawes led all first-half scorers with 12. Bargnani led Toronto with 11 points in the half and DeRozan had nine. The Sixers scored the first five points of the second quarter to pull within one point and then took the lead 31-29 on Young’s driving layup with 8:15 to play in the half. Young followed it up with a 3-pointer at 7:26 to play and then hit a jump shot to put the Sixers into a five-point lead at the 6:53 mark. The Sixers built on that momentum to extend the lead to 45-31 on Evan Turner’s jumper with 4:39 left in the half and Holiday bumped the lead to 16 19 seconds later on a pull-up jumper. The Raptors reeled off nine consecutive points in the first quarter to take a 22-12 lead. But the Sixers battled back to cut the lead to 26-20 after the first quarter. Bargnani led all first-quarter scorers with nine points and DeRozan had seven. Spencer Hawes came off the bench to lead Philadelphia with seven points in the opening quarter. The Sixers shot 37 percent in the quarter while the Raptors made nearly 44 percent of their shots from the field. NOTES: The Raptors were without Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle) and Landry Fields (right hand and wrist) for Saturday’s game. ... Andrew Bynum (right knee bone bruise) continues to be inactive for the 76ers. ... The Raptors played in camouflage uniforms to honor veterans of the armed forces for Remembrance Day on Sunday. ... Linas Kleiza who has been inactive because of a family matter made his first appearance of the season for Toronto. ... Kwame Brown (left calf) and Jason Richardson (ankle) were among the 76ers injured. ... The Raptors are home to the Utah Jazz on Monday. ... The 76ers are home Monday to the Milwaukee Bucks.
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