TORONTO — Moments after powering the Toronto Raptors to a radical thumping of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, DeMar DeRozan was gone, bolting house to go to mattress.
Preventing a flu bug that had him listed as questionable earlier within the day, DeRozan scored 30 factors, together with 14 free throws, in an historic 128-94 win — the Raptors’ largest margin of victory over the Sixers.
DeRozan was already gone when reporters entered the locker-room, so Kyle Lowry spoke for him.
“Are you shocked about that? I’m not shocked about that,” Lowry mentioned of DeRozan’s under-the-weather efficiency. “That’s what he does. I feel we gave him just a little bit extra time to isolate tonight … Given the chance to take his time and be affected person, he just about will get what he desires.”
The win was Toronto’s 16th over Philly in 17 video games, and eclipsed a 32-point win on Nov. 9, 2014.
Serge Ibaka had 21 factors, together with 5 three-pointers, Lowry completed with 17 factors, Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright had 14 factors apiece, and Lucas Nogueira chipped in with 10 for the Raptors (2-0), who misplaced Jonas Valanciunas late within the first half to a sprained left ankle.
It was a extra balanced victory than opening evening, when the Raptors’ younger second unit stole the present.
“The starters don’t neglect the way to play basketball,” mentioned coach Dwane Casey. “There’s 1,000,000 other ways to pores and skin a cat … we’ve obtained to be the most effective Toronto Raptors workforce we might be. Offensively, there’s a distinct segment we have now to seek out, preserve transferring the ball and most of all what I favored was our defensive depth.”
Former Raptor Jerryd Bayless led the rebuilding Sixers (0-3) with 16 factors.
The Raptors led for all however the Sixers’ opening basket, and put their exclamation mark on a dominant efficiency with a lovely play to finish the third quarter — a dump cross from backup level guard Wright to rookie OG Anunoby, who noticed Lowry alone within the nook. Lowry linked on the three-point shot, and the tic-tac-toe play despatched the Raptors into the fourth quarter with a 102-71 lead, and delighted a capability Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,800 that included rapper Drake.
The insurmountable lead allowed the starters to take a seat out the fourth as Casey emptied his bench. A 3-pointer by Fred VanVleet with six minutes left sucked any final little bit of life out of the younger Sixers squad, which was lacking Joel Embiid. The workforce’s beginning centre, who’d had 11 factors and 14 rebounds within the Sixers’ 102-92 loss to Boston the earlier evening, hasn’t been cleared to play on back-to-back nights.
“It’s robust with out Joel, clearly there’s chemistry and then you definitely change it up,” mentioned Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who had 18 factors and 10 boards. “However we have to study to play with out him, with these back-to-backs.”
With two wins over rebuilding squads (Toronto beat Chicago 117-100 within the season opener) beneath their collective belt, issues get rather more troublesome for the Raptors come Monday after they open a six-game western highway journey in San Antonio. They’ll face reigning NBA champion Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland, Denver, earlier than wrapping up the journey in Utah.
Lowry referred to as the 2 victories “essential.”
“We didn’t say it out loud, however I feel internally all of us knew that we wanted to get these two video games at house to get off to a great begin then go deal with enterprise on the highway,” he mentioned.
The Raptors shot 47 per cent on the evening, however solely hit 13-of-43 three-point makes an attempt. Their efforts at higher ball-sharing stays a piece in progress — that they had 23 assists on the evening.
A grasp at drawing contact, DeRozan spent seemingly half his evening on the free-throw line, lacking simply two of his 16 free throws, Lowry main the best way with 5.
Main by only a level eight minutes into the sport, the Raptors closed the primary quarter with an 18-Three run to guide 36-19 heading into the second quarter.
The Sixers sliced the result in single digits a number of instances throughout the second quarter, however Toronto held on to take a 62-49 benefit into the halftime break.
The Raptors aren’t again on the Air Canada Centre till Nov. 5, after they play host to the Washington Wizards.