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Speights rips Raptors for 23 to carry 76ers

St. Petersburg native Marreese Speights, driving by the Raptors’ Ed Davis, finished a rebound shy of a double double.

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St. Petersburg native Marreese Speights, driving by the Raptors’ Ed Davis, finished a rebound shy of a double double.

TORONTO — When Philadelphia coach Doug Collins discovered a hole in Toronto's zone, Marreese Speights blew it wide open.

Speights, a St. Petersburg native and former Gator, scored 17 of his season-high 23 in the second quarter as the 76ers beat the Raptors 107-94 on Wednesday night. Jrue Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists.

"It's interesting how you watch tape sometimes," Collins said. "I was watching the Spurs-Toronto game and one of the sets (San Antonio) runs, we run and Toronto was struggling stopping it when they played zone. We ran that play almost the entire second quarter. Mo rolled to the basket and Jrue did a nice job finding him for those little pocket passes and scores."

Speights was surprised by how quickly he piled up the points.

"It was pretty easy," Speights said. "The zone wasn't really that hard to break."

Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams each scored 15, and Elton Brand had 14 as the 76ers won their third straight, matching a season high. Philadelphia beat Toronto for the first time in three meetings this season.

"We knew they were going to play some zone and we knew where the weaknesses were inside of that zone," Williams said. "We just attacked it, and it worked for us."

Thanks to Speights, Williams and 10 points apiece from Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, Philadelphia's bench outscored Toronto's 58-17.

"Our second unit is probably our best offensive team," Collins said.

Speights finished with nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first double double of the season.

"Marreese is starting to get his confidence back," Iguodala said. "He's been playing well the last couple of games. Even when he hasn't been scoring, he's been solid for us."

DeMar DeRozan scored 29 and Andrea Bargnani had 17, but only two in the second half, as the Raptors lost their ninth straight. It's Toronto's longest losing streak since a 10-game slide from March 26 to April 12, 2006.

"I thought our defense was very porous all night," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "They kind of got in to where they wanted to go."

DeRozan scored 11 in the opening quarter as Toronto led 29-20. But Speights came off the bench and almost single-handedly turned that around in the second, scoring 13 in the first four minutes as the 76ers took the lead with a 14-4 run.

"Our bench was fabulous," Collins said. "Mo Speights was our ace of Speights tonight."

Speights had 17 in the second, one more than his previous season high.

Magic rebounds with easy win over Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds to help the Magic beat the Pacers 111-96.

Jason Richardson had 19 points and nine rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 and Ryan Anderson added 14 for the Magic, which made 16 of 34 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field. Orlando has won four of its past five games, but was coming off a home loss to Detroit on Monday.

Danny Granger scored 27 for the Pacers, but he shot 6-for-19 from the field. Darren Collison added 21 points for Indiana, which lost its sixth straight.

Indiana made just 8 of 30 3-pointers. The Pacers tied for their worst home loss, matching their 15-point defeat on Dec. 15 against the Lakers.

Orlando made seven 3-pointers in the second quarter to open up a close game. The Magic shot 59 percent in the first half and led 62-48 at the break. Orlando shot 72 percent in the second quarter and outscored the Pacers 38-27.

Indiana opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Mike Dunleavy, but the Magic regained momentum with an alley-oop pass from Turkoglu to Howard for a power jam that gave the Magic a 69-53 lead. Orlando stretched its lead to 23 points midway through the quarter and led 86-72 at the end of the period.

Indiana opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer by Granger, sparking a 7-0 run that cut Orlando's lead to 86-79.

Turkoglu stopped the run with a three-point play that pushed the Magic's lead back to 10 points with 8:39 to play. A 3-pointer by Jameer Nelson gave Orlando a 94-79 lead.

Game highlights: Chauncey Billups scored 26, including a trio of 3-pointers late in the game, and the Nuggets beat the host Pistons 109-100 to win for the seventh time in nine games. … Devin Harris scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the host Nets rallied to beat the Grizzlies 93-88. … Earl Boykins scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the host Bucks went on a 22-3 run to rally from an 11-point deficit and beat the Hawks 98-90.

Around the league: Forward Chris Bosh remained in Miami when the Heat flew to New York, still unable to play because of a sprained left ankle. There's no timetable for his return, and it seems likely that his absence will stretch into next week.

Magic 111, Pacers 96

ORLANDO (111): Bass 4-7 0-0 8, Turkoglu 7-10 3-3 18, Howard 8-16 3-8 19, Nelson 5-11 0-0 12, J.Richardson 5-14 5-6 19, Anderson 5-10 0-0 14, Redick 4-8 0-0 10, Arenas 2-5 2-2 8, Q.Richardson 1-1 0-0 3, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 13-19 111.

INDIANA (96): Granger 6-19 12-13 27, Hansbrough 4-8 0-0 8, Hibbert 2-6 0-2 4, Collison 10-18 1-3 21, Dunleavy 4-7 0-0 10, Foster 2-4 0-2 4, George 3-9 4-4 10, Posey 1-4 0-0 3, Price 1-5 1-2 4, Rush 1-2 0-0 3, S.Jones 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-85 18-26 96.

Orlando 24 38 24 25— 111

Indiana 21 27 24 24— 96

3-Point GoalsOrlando 16-34 (Anderson 4-7, J.Richardson 4-9, Nelson 2-4, Arenas 2-5, Redick 2-5, Q.Richardson 1-1, Turkoglu 1-3), Ind. 8-30 (Granger 3-11, Dunleavy 2-4, Price 1-2, Rush 1-2, Posey 1-4, Collison 0-3, George 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 51 (Howard 16), Ind. 54 (Foster 8). AssistsOrlando 20 (Turkoglu, Nelson 4), Ind. 15 (Collison 4). Total FoulsOrlando 23, Ind. 19. A12,164.

76ers 107, Raptors 94

PHILADELPHIA (107): Iguodala 7-11 0-0 15, Brand 6-10 2-2 14, Hawes 1-7 1-2 3, Holiday 6-16 3-4 15, Meeks 0-5 2-2 2, Williams 6-10 0-0 15, Turner 3-8 4-4 10, Young 5-10 0-0 10, Speights 10-12 3-3 23. Totals 44-89 15-17 107.

TORONTO (94): Wright 4-11 0-0 8, A.Johnson 7-10 1-2 15, Bargnani 6-10 4-4 17, Calderon 3-8 2-4 8, DeRozan 9-18 11-12 29, Davis 2-3 0-0 4, Bayless 1-3 0-0 2, Weems 3-7 0-0 6, T.Johnson 1-4 0-0 3, Ajinca 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-76 18-22 94.

Philadelphia 20 30 34 23— 107

Toronto 29 21 27 17— 94

3-Point GoalsPhi. 4-15 (Williams 3-5, Iguodala 1-2, Turner 0-1, Speights 0-1, Holiday 0-3, Meeks 0-3), Toronto 2-8 (T.Johnson 1-2, Bargnani 1-2, Calderon 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 53 (Speights 9), Toronto 37 (A.Johnson 6). AssistsPhiladelphia 28 (Holiday 11), Toronto 19 (Calderon 13). Total FoulsPhi. 17, Toronto 15. A14,552.

Nets 93, Grizzlies 88

MEMPHIS (88): Gay 10-18 1-2 22, Randolph 8-22 4-4 20, Gasol 3-11 6-7 12, Conley 7-13 1-2 16, Young 2-4 2-2 6, Arthur 3-6 2-2 8, Mayo 0-4 0-0 0, Vasquez 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 2-2 0-2 4, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 16-21 88.

NEW JERSEY (93): Outlaw 2-6 0-0 5, Favors 1-5 0-0 2, Lopez 6-16 5-6 17, Harris 4-12 4-4 13, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Vujacic 5-10 1-2 14, Farmar 1-6 0-0 3, Morrow 8-12 0-0 19, Humphries 6-9 2-2 14, Petro 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 36-82 12-14 93.

Memphis 32 21 13 22— 88

New Jersey 16 26 18 33— 93

3-Point GoalsMemphis 2-12 (Gay 1-3, Conley 1-4, Young 0-1, Randolph 0-2, Mayo 0-2), New Jersey 9-17 (Morrow 3-4, Vujacic 3-5, Harris 1-2, Farmar 1-3, Outlaw 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 49 (Randolph 16), New Jersey 49 (Favors 9). AssistsMemphis 19 (Conley, Gasol 5), New Jersey 26 (Harris 9). Total FoulsMemphis 16, N.J. 18. A8,866.

Nuggets 109, Pistons 100

DENVER (109): Anthony 5-16 8-8 18, Harrington 4-13 0-0 10, Williams 4-5 5-6 13, Billups 9-16 2-2 26, Afflalo 6-11 2-2 17, Ely 2-2 0-0 4, Smith 4-8 0-2 8, Forbes 3-5 3-4 9, Lawson 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 38-80 22-27 109.

DETROIT (100): Prince 5-14 0-0 10, Wilcox 2-6 0-0 4, Monroe 4-6 6-8 14, McGrady 4-9 5-6 14, Stuckey 3-5 1-1 7, Daye 1-6 4-4 6, Gordon 4-10 6-7 15, Wallace 0-2 0-2 0, Villanueva 4-9 0-0 11, Bynum 8-12 3-4 19, Summers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 25-32 100.

Denver 29 27 24 29— 109

Detroit 24 26 24 26— 100

3-Point GoalsDenver 11-27 (Billups 6-9, Afflalo 3-4, Harrington 2-9, Lawson 0-1, Smith 0-2, Anthony 0-2), Detroit 5-15 (Villanueva 3-5, McGrady 1-2, Gordon 1-4, Daye 0-2, Prince 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 46 (Anthony 10), Detroit 52 (Wallace 10). AssistsDenver 20 (Anthony 7), Detroit 19 (McGrady 8). Total FoulsDenver 18, Detroit 28. TechnicalsSmith, Denver defensive three second. A16,212.

Bucks 98, Hawks 90

ATLANTA (90): Smith 6-20 1-3 14, Horford 7-9 3-3 17, Collins 1-1 0-0 2, Bibby 4-7 0-0 8, Johnson 6-13 1-4 15, Ja.Crawford 4-11 9-9 20, Pachulia 0-4 1-2 1, Williams 2-6 2-2 7, Evans 2-3 0-0 4, Teague 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 33-79 17-23 90.

MILWAUKEE (98): Maggette 8-12 3-4 22, Ilyasova 3-6 2-2 8, Bogut 3-12 2-2 8, Dooling 0-4 3-3 3, Douglas-Roberts 1-8 2-2 4, Boykins 7-11 6-8 20, Mbah a Moute 1-5 0-0 2, Delfino 5-11 0-0 15, Sanders 4-7 0-0 8, Temple 3-5 0-2 8. Totals 35-81 18-23 98.

Atlanta 23 24 28 15— 90

Milwaukee 22 22 20 34— 98

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-19 (Ja.Crawford 3-6, Johnson 2-4, Williams 1-1, Smith 1-5, Evans 0-1, Bibby 0-2), Milwaukee 10-20 (Delfino 5-9, Maggette 3-4, Temple 2-3, Douglas-Roberts 0-1, Ilyasova 0-1, Dooling 0-2). Fouled OutMaggette. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Smith 11), Milwaukee 53 (Bogut 14). AssistsAtlanta 19 (Horford 5), Milwaukee 22 (Dooling 5). Total FoulsAtlanta 20, Milwaukee 24. TechnicalsBibby, Milwaukee Coach Skiles. A13,274.

Speights rips Raptors for 23 to carry 76ers 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:09pm]
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