Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

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The Sixers (17-8) will take a four-game winning streak - and eight wins in their past nine - into their game Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors (19-5) at the Scotiabank Arena.

The former San Antonio Spur exploded for 21 first half points to help the Eastern Conference leaders take a 53-49 lead at the break.

After the game, Lowry said he needs to play better and called himself too passive during this bad stretch.

Leonard scored 36 points in a 113-102 Raptors home win and he has now had 30-point games against both the Sixers and the Boston Celtics twice, as well as the Golden State Warriors once. Leonard has led Toronto in scoring in four straight games.

The Raptors, with the addition of Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, have the best record in the National Basketball Association with wins in 21 of their 26 games this season. With Butler, Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers had proven a tough opponent to match up against for opponents, and it showed in the first half of this game.

Having Butler should make a difference for the 76ers against the Raptors.

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Embiid's 23 double-doubles this season are the most by an National Basketball Association player over the first 25 games of a season since Kevin Garnett also had 23 in 2004-05. Valanciunas was at the heart of it, grabbing an offensive rebound off a Delon Wright miss and putting away his own layup.

Denver dominated the Raptors in second-chance points 23-2. This [the Sixers] could be a playoff team that we're going to be playing in the future, but I don't really see it that way.

"We kind of feed off our defense and being able to get stops", Siakam said.

Before the game Nurse said that Valanciunas can be hard on himself, getting frustrated when the ball isn't falling. This move gave them more ballhandling with that unit that had struggled to create shots at times, and helped them build the lead that eventually got the Raptors the win. "Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking". "They wanted to win more than we did".

"He certainly gives them one of the elite wing defenders in the league ... when you don't have one of those, you run into some really good teams and you have a hard time defending them".

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