Kyle Lowry hits all six 3s as Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 76ers, 122-95
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry’s record-setting night helped the Toronto Raptors continue their dominance of Philadelphia.
The point guard set a club record by hitting all six of his 3-pointers for a game-high 24 points, and Toronto ran its winning streak against the 76ers to 13 straight games with a 122-95 victory Monday.
“I’ve been working on it and I just continue to keep shooting the ball,” said Lowry, who topped the previous Toronto mark of 5 for 5 on 3s held by five players.
“It’s just catch and shoot. We have a team where no one cares who’s the man. On any given night you can go off for 30 and we’ll all be supportive for you.”
On a night when leading scorer DeMar DeRozan was held to 14 points on 4-for-13 shooting, a host of other Raptors played a supporting role. Terrence Ross had a season-high 22 points, including a trio of 3s among his eight field goals.
“We did a really good job on DeMar DeRozan and that was obviously a major part of our game plan,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “But he did a good job finding his teammates and more importantly his teammates really stepped up.”
Lowry added eight assists and four rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for the Raptors (11-6), who took the lead for good late in the first quarter on the way to their third consecutive win.
Toronto shot 13 for 19 (69 percent) on 3s and all five starters scored in double figures for the first time this season. Raptors reserves combined to score a season-high 51 points.
Robert Covington led the 76ers with 20 points, including 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point range. Jahlil Okafor had 15 points and five rebounds, and Richaun Holmes added 11 points and nine boards for the Sixers (4-14).
Philadelphia has dropped four straight overall and has lost all six games on the road this season. The team’s losing streak away from home is at 22 games dating to last season.
“They are a really good team,” Okafor said. “They were in the Eastern Conference finals for a reason. We saw that tonight. … But we’re looking forward to four home games coming up, so we’re going to do our best to protect our home court.”
The teams combined to make 27 shots from 3-point range.
The Raptors were up 33-26 after the first quarter and led the rest of the way. They were ahead 91-71 through three as all 10 players who saw action scored a basket. By the end of the night, 11 different Raptors hit the score sheet.
Toronto finished the opening period on an 8-0 run, capped by Patrick Patterson hitting a 3 from beyond halfcourt as the buzzer sounded.
“I thought our guys came out and competed,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “We’ve got to have that type of defensive effort and focus each night.”
76ers: G Jerryd Bayless missed his second straight game with a sore left wrist. … C Joel Embiid, the team’s leading scorer, was rested as Philadelphia continues to keep him out of back-to-back games due to an injury rehabilitation program. … The 76ers shot 14 for 34 (41 percent) on 3s, following up Sunday’s performance when they went 15 for 34 (44 percent).
Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points, his 10th straight game in double figures, but left with 6:19 to go in the third quarter after tweaking his ankle. He did not return. … The Raptors opened a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, after coming off a 3-2 trip. … Toronto has the most wins against the 76ers since the start of the 2013-14 season (13) and is the only Eastern Conference team with an undefeated record vs. Philadelphia during that stretch.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DID
New 76ers president Bryan Colangelo was president and GM in Toronto for seven seasons from 2006-13 and was selected NBA Executive of the Year in 2006-07. He hired Casey, drafted DeRozan, Valanciunas and Ross, and traded for Lowry.
The 76ers and Raptors came in with four of the top five rookie rebounders in the NBA.
HE SAID IT
“I tell you what, though, that’s going to be a nice young team. They have every facet; they have shooting, the attack offensively, inside game.” — Casey on the 76ers.
76ers: Philadelphia returns home to play Sacramento on Wednesday. The teams split two meetings last season, with each winning on the road.
Raptors: Toronto hosts Memphis on Wednesday.