Sports.ws Game Report
[TORONTO] — The Toronto Raptors played host to the Philadelphia 76ers last night and the Raps did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 113-105 victory. The win bumps Toronto's record up to 47-30 on the season, while the loss drags Philadelphia's down to 28-49. Though a win's a win and Raptors fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.
On this night it was Serge Ibaka leading the show from a statistical perspective. His 24 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists, 6 blocks and 1 steals in 28 minutes topped all players in terms of general production. Ask anybody, however - Ibaka included - and the most important part is that the Raptors walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.
Joining Ibaka in the winning effort was Jonas Valanciunas. Had it not been for Valanciunas rounding out the Raps's attack with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assists of his own, we may have been looking at a different outcome.
Toronto's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting 76ers, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Raps will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Raps will be a date with the while the visiting 76ers will look to bounce back in a matchup with the .
Ibaka 51.0 FP
Valanciunas 35.5 FP
DeRozan 32.5 FP
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