TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Terrence Ross had 17 and the Toronto Raptors routed the winless Philadelphia 76ers 120-88 Sunday night for their sixth victory in seven games.
Lou Williams added 16 against his former team and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors, who are alone atop the Eastern Conference for the first time in their 20-year history. They were tied for first in November 2004.READ MORE: Flyers' Keith Yandle Ties Doug Jarvis' NHL Iron Man Streak At 964 Straight Games
Toronto set a season high in points against the 76ers, who were even worse defensively than when they allowed 118 points against Chicago on Friday.
Tony Wroten scored 18 points and Chris Johnson had 16 for the 76ers, who lost for the 70th time in their past 86 regular-season games.
Philadelphia is off to its worst start since the 1972-73 season, when it was 0-15 on the way to setting an NBA record for futility by finishing with 73 losses.
The 76ers haven’t won in Toronto since Nov. 10, 2012, losing their past four at Air Canada Centre.READ MORE: Nicholas Bednarek Identified As Man Killed In Cheltenham Crash That Injured 4 Other Teens
Toronto made 24 consecutive free throw attempts before Williams missed the first of two with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Williams made the second for the Raptors, who finished 27 for 30 at the line.
The 76ers scored the game’s opening basket but never led again. DeRozan had nine points in the first as the Raptors led 33-20. Williams scored 10 points in the second to give Toronto a 60-45 lead at the half.
DeRozan scored 13 points in the third and Williams capped the quarter with a buzzer-beating jump shot as the Raptors took a commanding 88-63 lead into the fourth.
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