TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 5: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers handles the ball against the Toronto Raptors on December 5, 2018 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Putting a Performance into Perspective

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

Were the 76ers pleased that Wednesday’s visit to Scotiabank Arena - their second of the season - ended in a 113-102 defeat? No.

Did they see evidence of progress relative to the team’s October 30th visit to the venue, when it lost 129-112? Most definitely, it sounded like.

“If you go and look at our first-shot defense, it was outstanding,” said Brett Brown.

On top of that, Brown was plenty encouraged by what Butler brought to the table.

One issue the Sixers ran into in Round 2 against Toronto was that the Raptors finished with a 17-11 offensive rebound advantage. That disparity translated to 22 second-chance points for Toronto, and 12 more shots taken than the Sixers.

Another trouble spot Brown cited from Wednesday’s game was turnovers. The Sixers committed 21, which led to 27 points off turnovers for the Raptors.

“I think we really gave ourselves a chance to win with our effort, but the execution wasn’t there,” said JJ Redick (25 pts, 5 3fg).

“It’s December 5th, [against] the league’s best team, but we leave disappointed,” Brown said. “We also leave we feel a little bit smarter on what it’s going to take to beat the best team right now in the NBA.”