Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers in loss to Toronto Raptors

Rex Christensen
December 8, 2018

His numbers suggest otherwise. He was one point shy of his career high in scoring as a Raptor, which came in the team's overtime win against Golden State. Toronto has gone 1-2 in those games, no surprise.

"He's an huge talent, he really is", coach Nick Nurse said.

Jimmy Butler had his best night of the season.

"I try to perform every night", he explained. "He showed some really good minutes in the five position. You've got to do it on a nightly basis".

Brown said he asked Butler to take Simmons under his wing and the two are getting along fine after some early teething issues on the court when Butler was traded to Philly from the Minnesota Timberwolves. "He had a great game". Both players wore headbands in the Sixers' win over Washington on Saturday and coach Brett Brown said the headwear signified a "bonding of defensive brothers". He's averaging 39.1 FanDuel points through 21 games overall this season. "It's a new day, we have a new team, and we're feeling good about the direction that we are heading".

Toronto's 17 offensive rebounds were a season high. "They wanted to win more than we did". He scored just 3 points but had 11 assists.

The Raptors held a 78-77 lead after three quarters, and Philadelphia's T.J. McConnell tied it 81-all with a hook shot at 11:07. "That's my best friend", Lowry said. "Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking".

Does he rise to the occasion against the league's best teams? "He was playing that well that we were pumping it in to him in the fourth quarter". Leonard connected on Toronto's only three-pointer in the first quarter, and the Sixers took an early nine-point lead.

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Leonard's dunk gave the Raptors a 15-point lead. The Raptors outscored the 76ers 62-42 in the paint and 41-18 off the bench.

The Raptors face the Sixers again on December 22 at Philadelphia. G Malachi Richardson (illness) was inactive.

"First two games (with Butler), everyone struggled to figure it out". He's the fourth active player to score 500 or more in his first 20 games with his current team.

The Raptors finished last season with the best record in franchise history, but they came up short again in the postseason against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Basketball fans have been left in awe after Philadelphia's Ben Simmons provided arguably the pass of the season against Toronto.

The game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday's gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

"Center Joel Embiid scored 31 points in the 76ers" first visit to Toronto, where he has never won.

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