TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-86 on Saturday for their 10th straight home victory.
Delon Wright matched his season high with 14 points while Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas each had 12 for the Raptors, who have won six straight overall and 12 of 13.READ MORE: 'Hold Him Accountable': Philadelphia School District Teacher Let Student Make Wooden Gun In Shop Class, Parent Says
Toronto is an NBA-best 12-1 at home and is 10-1 in December, second only to Golden State’s 10-0 mark this month.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia’s leading scorer and rebounder, returned after missing the previous three games because of a sore lower back to play in Toronto for the first time in his NBA career. The oft-injured Embiid had missed his first seven career games north of the border, including one this season.
Embiid had 14 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes, but the 76ers lost for the 18th time in 19 meetings with the Raptors.
Dario Saric scored 17 points, Amir Johnson had 12 and Ben Simmons scored 10 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight and nine of 10.
Embiid took Philadelphia’s first six shots of the game. He scored eight points in the opening quarter, but Ibaka had 13 for the Raptors. The teams were tied at 27 after the first.
Ther 76ers made five of 15 field-goal attempts in the second and committed 10 turnovers that led to 15 Toronto points. Lowry and Valanciunas each scored eight points in the second, and the Raptors led 55-46 at halftime.
DeRozan scored 16 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 13-3 run, taking an 81-63 lead into the fourth.READ MORE: All Lanes Of I-95 Northbound Near Bridge Street Closed Due To Crash
76ers: G J.J. Redick (right hamstring) missed his second straight game. … The 76ers finished with 22 turnovers, leading to 28 points for Toronto. Philadelphia’s season high for turnovers is 24, set in an overtime win against Minnesota on Dec. 12.
Raptors: C.J. Miles missed his third straight game after undergoing a dental procedure. … Toronto is 8-2 when DeRozan makes multiple 3-pointers.
76ers: Visit the Knicks on Christmas Day. It’s the first meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division opponents.
Raptors: Begin a two-game road trip at Dallas on Tuesday. After Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma City, Toronto has just one road game remaining against a Western Conference opponent, at Minnesota on Jan. 20.
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