Even on the road, Kyle Lowry and DeRozan were just too much for the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. Toronto’s starting backcourt produced in vastly different ways, but in the end, their combined production was more than enough to pulse a 104-95 road win over Philly.
Lowry, the diminutive point guard who is on the fringe of the All-Star race, put up a triple-double on Friday night, continuing his across-the-board prowess from recent weeks. He finished with 18 points (on 7-of-11 shooting), 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes, and in all honesty, he was the best player on the floor throughout the game. For good measure, Lowry bewildered Michael Carter-Williams (who shot just 6-for-15) at times, and it was a dominant effort.
In support of Lowry, the Raptors also received a game-high 34 points from shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. It was a very efficient night for the former USC swingman, as well, as he got to the line 16 times (making 13 of them) and he nearly matched Lowry on the glass, snatching 9 rebounds.
Of course, there are two sides to every game, and while Philly didn’t have enough firepower to overcome Toronto, there was some encouraging effort from the Sixers. The aforementioned Carter-Williams scored 20 points, Spencer Hawes put up a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double, and as a team, they placed 5 players in double-digits. In all fairness, the Sixers probably had their ideal scenario here, as they managed to drop a game in the tanking race while putting up a nice fight against a team with superior talent.