Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

"I try to perform every night", he explained. Joel Embiid had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, whose last win in Toronto was 93-83 on November 10, 2012.

It was Toronto, however, that emerged from Scotiabank Arena with a 113-102 victory, and based on Butler's comments heading into Wednesday's contest, preventing the Raptors from extending a lengthy home winning streak over the Sixers was really the only thing on his mind. "Because normally we'd throw Kawhi on Butler like we did when he was playing for Minnesota, but now we've got to pick and choose", Nurse said.

The Raptors only led 78-77 going into the final quarter, but the 76ers were no match despite their All-Star recruit Jimmy Butler scoring a season-high 38 points and 10 rebounds.

A defensive battle early on, the Sixers got the upper hand due to some poor shooting from Toronto, but 21 first half points from Kawhi kept the game close while no one else on the Raptors could seem to find a shot as the rest of the team went 0/12 from downtown in the half as the Raptors took a small half-time lead. "I think everything (Embiid) does is powerful", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said on Tuesday. "Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking".

In their loss to the Nuggets, the Raptors shot.268 (11-for-41) from 3-point range and were 3-for-22 (.136) from beyond the arc in the first half.

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Embiid's 23 double-doubles this season are the most by an National Basketball Association player over the first 25 games of a season since Kevin Garnett also had 23 in 2004-05.

"He certainly gives them one of the elite wing defenders in the league ... when you don't have one of those, you run into some really good teams and you have a hard time defending them". 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.

Simmons had seven turnovers, giving him 18 in two games against Toronto this season.

76ers: Visit Detroit on Friday night.

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