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Raptors rally past 76ers, win fourth straight

Boucher keys a run early in the fourth quarter, when Toronto takes control.
76ers center Joel Embiid, left, works against Raptors center Aron Baynes during the first half. Toronto coach Nick Nurse praises Baynes' defensive effort against Embiid, who has an off night shooting.
76ers center Joel Embiid, left, works against Raptors center Aron Baynes during the first half. Toronto coach Nick Nurse praises Baynes' defensive effort against Embiid, who has an off night shooting. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Feb. 22

TAMPA — Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each had 23 points and the Raptors beat the 76ers 110-103 for their fourth straight victory Sunday night.

Chris Boucher scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, hitting three 3-pointers as the Raptors opened the period on a 15-8 surge to take the lead for good.

“They got me open and I shot with confidence. Then when I made them I felt good about taking the next one,” said Boucher, who also had a big fourth-quarter block of Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.

Embiid, coming off a 50-point game against the Bulls on Friday night, had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the 76ers, who lost their fourth consecutive road game.

Embiid was 6-for-20 from the field, and the Sixers went 5-for-21 in the fourth quarter.

Toronto coach Nick Nurse gave much of the credit for the defense on Embiid to Aron Baynes.

“We kind of had to have him in there. When we didn’t, it wasn’t pretty,” Nurse said of his 6-foot-10, 260-pound center. “I thought he put his body on him just enough. He got called for some, but that’s okay.”

Ben Simmons paced Philadelphia with 28 points and nine rebounds.

The 76ers led 55-52 after an 18-point first half by Simmons, who had missed two games with a stomach virus after scoring 42 points in a loss at Utah.

The Raptors had erased an early 14-point deficit by hitting five 3-pointers — four by Van Vleet — in a span of 2-1/2 minutes.

Boucher’s big shooting spurt late in the game was less expected.

“We started behind before both those barrages and obviously it was important in getting back in the game,” Nurse said.

“I thought a lot of our guys had great looks tonight,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. “The problem was they weren’t going in, and then it started mounting up.”

76ers guard Shake Milton played 28 minutes after missing five games with a left ankle injury.

Embiid went 12-for-14 on free throws in his 14th straight game shooting nine or more free throws.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry missed his second game with a sprained left thumb. Toronto is 6-0 without him this season.

— By DICK SCANLON

PHILADELPHIA (103): Green 3-6 0-0 9, T.Harris 6-17 0-0 13, Embiid 6-20 12-14 25, Curry 4-12 2-4 12, Simmons 9-11 10-14 28, Howard 1-3 2-3 4, Korkmaz 0-2 0-0 0, Milton 3-11 0-0 9, Joe 1-2 0-0 3, Thybulle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-85 26-35 103.

TORONTO (110): Anunoby 4-6 2-3 10, Powell 3-11 4-4 11, Siakam 8-18 6-6 23, Bembry 4-4 0-0 8, VanVleet 7-15 4-5 23, Baynes 4-9 0-0 8, Boucher 6-8 0-0 17, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 3-8 0-0 8, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-81 16-18 110.

Philadelphia 24 31 29 19 — 103

Toronto 28 24 31 27 — 110

3-Point Goals—Philadelphia 11-37 (Green 3-6, Milton 3-7, Curry 2-7, Joe 1-2, Embiid 1-3, T.Harris 1-9, Korkmaz 0-2), Toronto 14-34 (Boucher 5-6, VanVleet 5-10, Davis 2-6, Siakam 1-3, Powell 1-4, Baynes 0-3). Fouled Out—Philadelphia 1 (Green), Toronto None. Rebounds—Philadelphia 45 (Embiid 17), Toronto 39 (Siakam 7). Assists—Philadelphia 26 (T.Harris 7), Toronto 25 (VanVleet 9). Total Fouls—Philadelphia 21, Toronto 24. A—0 (20,500)