DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers

DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) gets the ball away from Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half on an NBA basketball game. APPHILADELPHIA (AP) — With DeMar DeRozan knocking down 3-pointers early, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey thought he was back in Seattle.Down the stretch, Casey watched DeRozan do what’s made him a three-time All-Star: get to the foul line.ADVERTISEMENT He hit two free throws with 53 seconds left after Philadelphia’s Robert Covington missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt, and then two more with 6.4 seconds left put it away.DeRozan finished 13 of 15 from the line to best the 43 points he scored against Boston last season. The Sixers only took 14 free throws as a team.“That’s been my career the past few years, getting to the free throw line,” DeRozan said. “Being able to close out the game and me understanding to slow the game down. Get the momentum going our way and try to kill them at the free-throw line.”Kyle Lowry added 23 points to help the Raptors to their 11th win in 12 games.“Sometimes you’re going to have games where you let your All-Star, your superstar, take over,” Lowry said of DeRozan.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DeRozan combined the two to score a career-high 45 points and the Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers 114-109 on Thursday (Friday Manila time).DeRozan, a career 28 percent shooter from 3-point range, set a career high with six 3s in nine attempts in Toronto’s fifth straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I thought he was a young Ray Allen,” Casey said about DeRozan’s 4-of-4 first-quarter shooting from 3, reminiscing of his days as an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics in the early 2000s. “That’s what we need from him. It opens up the floor, especially on nights when we just didn’t have it. We were playing in mud in the first half.”DeRozan became more conventional in the fourth quarter. His jumper with 4:13 left put the Raptors ahead to stay after they trailed 76-54 early in the third quarter. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ben Simmons scored 20 points but had seven of the Sixers’ 23 turnovers in their fourth straight loss. Covington added 19 points and Dario Saric had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.Philadelphia, which blew a 16-point lead Tuesday night in a loss to Sacramento, fell to 1-7 without Embiid.“We need to come and play dirty, play tough,” Saric said.It was another day of uncertainty and false hope for the Sixers regarding their oft-injured franchise center, who went from questionable to probable to out in eight hours.Embiid missed two games with back tightness after logging a career-high 49 minutes in a triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City last Friday. But the big man participated in shootaround and coach Brett Brown said less than two hours before tipoff that Embiid was “probable” and would play barring a setback in warmups.Embiid didn’t show any discomfort during pregame drills, but was ruled out about 30 minutes before tipoff.“He felt OK in the morning and then half an hour before the game, we learned he didn’t feel comfortable playing.” Brown said. “So we decided to rest him again.”The Sixers were also without starting shooting guard JJ Redick (right hamstring), but used Covington’s 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range to race ahead by 22.Things quickly fell apart. Lowry and Delon Wright (12 points) got hot in a 22-2 run that included bad passes and poor shots by the Sixers.“We’re going to get healthy,” Brown said. “We’re going to get better.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tokyo cuts estimated tab for 2020 Olympics to $12 billionlast_img

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