Bargnani, Evans Lead Raptors Past 76ers
TORONTO (AP) — Andrea Bargnani scored 24 points, Reggie Evans had a career-high 22 rebounds and a season-high 12 points and the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to four games with a 106-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Jose Calderon had 16 points and nine assists, newcomer Jerryd Bayless added 13 points, Leandro Barbosa had 11 and the Raptors matched a season high with nine 3-pointers.
Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Jrue Holiday had 16 and Thaddeus Young 14 for Philadelphia. The 76ers have lost seven of eight.
Toronto started its winning streak with a 94-86 victory at Philadelphia last Wednesday.
The 76ers trailed 87-71 after three quarters, then cut the gap to 10 at 98-88 on Marreese Speights’ consecutive dunks. But Philadelphia didn’t score again after Iguodala made two free throws with 3:36 remaining, allowing Toronto to close out a comfortable win.
The 76ers were without forward Elton Brand, suspended without pay for one game after committing a flagrant foul on Wizards center JaVale McGee on Tuesday night in a 116-114 loss in Washington. Young started in place of Brand.
Bayless and forward Peja Stojakovic, acquired Saturday in a trade with New Orleans that sent David Andersen, Marcus Banks and Jarrett Jack to the Hornets, made their Toronto debuts. Bayless played 15 minutes and Stojakovic scored seven points in 6 minutes.
Evans had 10 rebounds and Bargnani scored eight points to help the Raptors open a 33-18 lead after a quarter, with Bayless adding a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Bargnani scored seven points in the second, and Stojakovic came off the bench to add seven more, giving Toronto a 62-43 lead at the half.
Evans led Toronto with eight points in the third, helping the Raptors carry a 16-point advantage into the final quarter.
The 76ers are 1-8 on the road. Only Washington (0-6) and the Los Angeles Clippers (0-7) have worse records away from home.
NOTES: Evans had 15 rebounds in the first half, a Raptors record. His previous career high was 21, set Feb. 5, 2005, against Charlotte. … Two of Philadelphia’s starters, center Spencer Hawes and rookie swingman Evan Turner, failed to score in the opening half. … The Raptors will visit Boston on Friday night, while the 76ers are at Miami.
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