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October 13, 2010

TORONTO (CP) -- A gruelling exhibition match had Raptors point guard Jarrett Jack looking forward to a day off.

As Jack watched Philadelphia's Lou Williams miss a three-point attempt at the buzzer of double-overtime to seal a 119-116 pre-season win Wednesday for Toronto, his reaction was: ``'Thank goodness it's over. They're cutting into our day off,' was what I was thinking.''

Jack, who scored seven of his game-leading 24 points in the second overtime, and the Raptors (2-2) deserve the day off Thursday after surviving the second pre-season overtime game in franchise history following a 109-90 loss Tuesday night in Chicago.

The Raptors were down 115-114 when DeMar DeRozan hit on a four-foot hook shot with 35.9 seconds left. Jack picked up the assist on Amir Johnson's dunk with 6.8 seconds left before a crowd of 12,078 at the ACC.

``I thought we fought hard and showed some resiliency,'' said Jack who also had eight rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes. ``We got down a couple of times in both overtimes but were still able to fight back and claw out a W.''

Leandro Barbosa added 19 for the Raptors while DeRozan scored 16.

Andrea Bargnani chipped in 14 on an unimpressive 6-for-22 shooting from the field and 2 for 4 from the free-throw line. After scoring the first four points of the first overtime period, he missed both free throws that would have given Toronto a six-point lead.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers (1-4) with 18 points with Evan Turner adding 13. Holiday added 11 rebounds and 12 assists for a triple-double.

It was the Raptors first pre-season game at the ACC for a season that begins with low expectations following the departure of star forward Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat.

Not much happened Wednesday to indicate that there should be an adjustment in those expectations any time soon despite the result.

The Raptors entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead and couldn't hold it. The game was tied 96-96 after regulation time and was 106-106 after the first overtime.

``I thought it was good to go through a game like that in pre-season,'' Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. ``We get used to going on our offence and our defence, get used to guys running plays and having guys foul them and try to make the plays. It's tough to duplicate that in a practice setting so when it happens in pre-season you have to take advantage of it and try to get better though it and it's a good experience to have.''

He feels the Raptors still showed a need to improve on defence.

Jack liked the effort, which is something the Raptors will need to bring with them every night, particularly with the loss of a talent like Bosh.

``It's just effort,'' Jack said. ``That's the number one thing the coaches have been preaching. Every night you are not going to be able to make shots. You can always have effort even if the plays don't go your way. Effort is the one thing you can control at the end of the day, night in and night out.''

Toronto led 24-19 after the first quarter with Jack scoring six points and adding two assists.

After posting just 22 rebounds against Chicago, Toronto improved with 50 against the 76ers, who had 55.

NOTES: Forward Linas Kleiza started Wednesday after he missed the loss to the Bulls because of sore right Achilles. Kleiza wanted to play in Chicago but he was kept out as a precaution, Triano said. He had six points in 18 minutes. . . Sixers forward Marreese Speights left in the game with 4.6 seconds left in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury and did not return, finishing with seven points. The Raptors continue their pre-season schedule Friday at the ACC against the Boston Celtics. . . It was the second overtime pre-season game in Raptors history.