Tonight the 76ers defeated the Raptors 106-98. Before the game I predicted the Sixers would win fairly easily, and I was completely wrong. The Sixers outscored the Raptors in the 4th 31-18, but the game was close the entire time, and the Raptors even lead by as much ass 11 points at one point.
The Sixers were able to keep Andrea Bargnani off the boards for the most part, but the real problem was Jonas Valunciunas who had 11 of Toronto’s 48 rebounds, compared to the Sixers 41. It didn’t help that Toronto’s big men were getting in the paint, and when fouled made their free throws.
The Sixers main problem tonight was their defense. They got lost on the pick and roll, their transition defense wasn’t good, and they let Kyle Lowry get to the basket with ease. Lowry got into foul trouble and had committed five fouls in the 4th quarter. You would think the Sixers would attack Lowry knowing that he can’t commit another foul or he would foul out, but instead began to find three point shooters to get back in the game, and eventually win.
Nick Young led the Sixers in scoring with 23 points, and even managed to rack up 4 assists as well. As usual he made some easy shots look tough, but for the most part made good decisions and played a great overall game.
Jrue Holiday played a good game, and managed to limit his turnovers to only 3. However, one thing I would like to see Jrue do is drive the ball to the basket more in the closing minutes of the game instead of settling for pull up jumpers. The Sixers looked a little bit confused offensively in the final minutes of the game, but managed to hit some key shots to win the game.
The Sixers will travel to Cleveland to play the Cavs tomorrow night and look to improve to 8-4 heading into thanksgiving.