On a night where the Raptors couldn't contain the Sixers in the paint, they managed to hit halftime tied 50-50 with Philadelphia unable to score from anywhere else on the floor.
But it was a different story with the Sixers up 66-64 midway through the third, as they found their shooting touch and went on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead that remained relatively unchallenged the rest of the way. Tough one to take after Monday's solid performance.
The Raptors had no solution for Marreese Speights on Monday, as the forward scored a season-high 23 points. Speights led a Sixers bench effort that saw their reserves outscore their Raptors counterparts 58-17 and did his damage on the interior. He went an astounding 10-of-12 from the floor with just one of his field goal makes coming from outside the paint in 17 minutes of work.
"It was pretty easy," Speights said of picking apart Toronto's defence. "The zone wasn't really that hard to break."
If there's a bright light to be found in this latest defeat, it's DeMar DeRozan. The second-year swingman continues to shred defenders of late with Wednesday's effort bringing a game-high 29 points on nine-of-18 field goal attempts and five rebounds.
He was aggressive with his drive and got to the free throw line 12 times (with 11 makes), but balanced that with possibly one of his best nights for his jump shot. DeRozan is now averaging a scorching 25.2 points per game over his last six.
"The were much better in the second half. They didn't allow Andrea any catches anywhere; they worked hard to take him out of our offence. DeMar stepped up a little bit but other than that, we didn't have a whole lot. Transition points were a big thing. They're bigger and stronger than us on the boards and pushed us underneath for second chance points, so we really were no match in the second half."
- Jay Triano, on the loss
Wed., Jan. 26 vs. Milwaukee
7:00 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The Raptors' three-game homestand concludes on Friday with a first of four meetings against the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, Toronto faced Milwaukee three times over a six-week span and posted a 1-2 record. The Bucks have gone just 5-8 in January, but are coming off a 98-90 home win against the Hawks on Wednesday.
|14||20+ point games for DeMar DeRozan this season|
|56-30||Points in the paint favouring the Sixers|
|18-6||Second chance points favouring the Sixers|
|21||Players to dress for the Raptors this season|
|17-9||Offensive rebound totals favouring the Sixers|
|"I think in games we show spurts that we could be a good defensive team, but sometimes teams break us down. I think we lose that confidence of knowing that we are a good defensive team when we put our minds to it."|
- DeMar DeRozan on defence
|"I was watching the Spurs-Toronto game and one of the sets (San Antonio) runs, we run and Toronto was struggling stopping it when they played zone. We ran that play almost the entire second quarter."|
- Sixers head coach Doug Collins on exposing zone defence
|"We knew what he was going to do when he got in there. He shot the ball a lot and he made his shots."|
- Amir Johnson, on the play of Marreese Speights