Thirteen first-half turnovers helped put the Raptors down by as many as 15 points and they trailed the Sixers by 12 at the break. But the Raps used a solid third quarter to cut it to 73-72 with 12 minutes to go.
With the score 82-80 mid-way through the fourth, the Sixers got a big three from Andre Iguodala followed by an Elton Brand jumper to spark a 12-5 run that saw Reggie Evans get a technical foul and head coach Jay Triano teched and ejected for arguing with the officials. The Raptors clawed back to have a shot at the tie with 5.9 seconds to play, but Jerryd Bayless missed a contested 3-pointer and the Sixers survived.
Although he's been rejuvenated as one of the league's top defenders this season, Andre Iguodala was struggling with his shooting during Philly's three-game losing streak but bounced back in a big way in Friday's fourth quarter.
Iguodala scored 10 of his 16 points in the final frame, including an 'and 1' to start the quarter, the 3-pointer to start the decisive run and another big step-back jumper with just over two minutes to play.
The young Raptors backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Jerryd Bayless once again led the Raptors and were simply scorching in the second half. For DeRozan, 14 of his game-high 27 points came in the final two quarters, including four of his game-high 11 free throws on the night.
Bayless shot just 2-7 from the floor in the first half for five points, but caught fire after the break with 19 of his 24 points on 7-10 shooting and six of his eight assists. His big performance in 42 minutes of work raises his averages to 24.0 ppg and 6.4 apg over his last five contests.
"He got fouled for sure. It's clear as day he hits his wrist and if you're going to miss a call I don't mind that. But then don't sit and wait until they score at the other end to call a technical foul and let it be a three-point play, a four-point play or whatever it could be. That's what my disagreement was about."
- Jay Triano, on a his fourth-quarter ejection
Sun., Apr. 10 vs. Nets
7:00 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590
The Raptor play their next to last home game on Sunday evening in their final meeting with the Nets. The first matchup went to the Raptors at ACC, before the Nets responded with back-to-back wins in London. The Nets have also been banged up, with Kris Humphries (ankle, heel) and Deron Williams (wrist) reportedly out for the remainder of the season.
|41-30||Rebounding edge favouring the Raptors|
|30-11||Bench scoring favouring the Sixers|
|5-20||Shooting from the floor for the Raps after 1 quarter|
|1||Technical foul called on Jay Triano before his ejection with 5:34 remaining|
|23||Sixers points off 20 Raptors team turnovers|
|"I mean, tough sequence for us. They got some free throws, some major points out of that. Sometimes calls are going to be made like that. We've got to play through it."|
- DeMar DeRozan on his season-high 15 points
|"We’ve been fighting and scratching and clawing here all season long, and I just so desperately wanted us to finish in a positive way. Very proud that we were able to find a way to get this win tonight."|
- Sixers head coach Doug Collins on hanging on for the win
|"They were trying to trap sometimes and were trying to mix it up so took me a little while to figure it out in the second half. We were able to, but we just came up short."|
- Jerryd Bayless, on his hot second half