Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 06, 2018 11:58 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto, whose 21-5 record is best in the NBA, improved to 11-3 at home.
Leonard shot 13-for-24, finishing one point shy of his season-high, and set a season-best by making 5-of-6 attempts from three-point territory. The rest of the Raptors struggled from long range, combining to shoot 3-for-23.
Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with Philadelphia, including two victories this season.
Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on Nov. 10, 2012.
JJ Redick scored 25 points and Ben Simmons had eight points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Raptors held a 78-77 lead after three quarters, and Philadelphia's T.J. McConnell tied it 81-all with a hook shot at 11:07. Valanciunas scored a pair of baskets as Toronto replied with a 9-0 run, opening a 90-81 advantage at 9:07.
The Raptors trailed 29-23 after one quarter, but Leonard scored 10 points in the second and Ibaka added eight to give Toronto a 53-49 lead at halftime.
76ers: Philadelphia committed 11 turnovers in the second quarter. The 76ers finished with 21, leading to 27 Toronto points. ... Butler was called for a technical foul in the third quarter and Embiid got one in the fourth.
Raptors: Kyle Lowry shot 0-for-5 in the first half and missed his first six attempts from three-point range. ... Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. ... The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench. ... G Malachi Richardson (illness) was inactive.
76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Raptors: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).