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

At the Buzzer | Butler's Season High Not Enough at Toronto

At the Buzzer | Butler's Season High Not Enough at Toronto

Kawhi Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.

"I try to perform every night", he explained. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on November 10, 2012. "You've got to do it on a nightly basis".

Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 38 points and added 10 rebounds.

There will be a lot of questions for the Raptors about their shooting lately and how much they've struggled, but it's a good sign the way the team fought through that in this game and found a way to win, despite those troubles.

Over his last three games, Lowry has gone 4-for-23 (17 percent) from the field, averaging just five points per game. "Because normally we'd throw Kawhi on Butler like we did when he was playing for Minnesota, but now we've got to pick and choose", Nurse said. Valanciunas was at the heart of it, grabbing an offensive rebound off a Delon Wright miss and putting away his own layup.

In their loss to the Nuggets, the Raptors shot.268 (11-for-41) from 3-point range and were 3-for-22 (.136) from beyond the arc in the first half. Philadelphia is a good, tough opponent, and this wasn't a flawless outing for the Raptors, but it showed how talented this team is that they can fight through those games, even against a good team, and pull out the win. He was consistently the team's scoring leader and was voted to the All-Star team four times during his stay with Toronto.

Leonard has 522 points in his first 20 games with Toronto, more than any other player in franchise history.

LeBron James' off-season defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference has opened a path for teams in the east.

Even so, Lowry had a short response when Nichols asked him about his relationship with Raptors president Masai Ujiri. 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.

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