Raptors Drop Sixers to 18th Straight Loss
After a buzzer-beating three put the 76ers on the ropes, Kyle Lowry had fellow Philly native and boxer Danny Garcia at his side in the locker room for a postgame celebration.
They were there for the latest KO against the Sixers.
One year after starting 0-17, the sorry Sixers have lost their first eight games of this season.
Philadelphia has lost 18 straight games dating to March 27, 2015. That’s the fourth-longest mark in franchise history, one shy of the 19 straight dropped from March 21, 1972, to Nov. 10, 1972.
The Sixers matched an NBA record with 26 straight losses from Jan. 31, 2014, to March 27, 2014, and also lost 20 straight from Jan. 9, 1973, to Feb. 11, 1973.
“You just can’t get into a pity party,” coach Brett Brown said. “You have to deal with it and try to figure out ways to try and steal a win.”
The Sixers would have to pull off some grand theft to win during a difficult upcoming stretch, with games ahead against Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Dallas.
Lowry, a Philadelphia native who played two seasons at Villanova, heard polite applause during pregame introductions and gave hometown fans plenty of reason to cheer. He scored 14 points in the first half, capped by a 27-footer with 0.9 seconds left to send the Raptors into halftime with a 63-57 lead.
“I always think every time I shoot it it’s going in,” Lowry said.
Lowry left about 65 tickets for friends and family and was sleeping in his own bed Wednesday night before meeting up later with the Raptors.
“It’s always good to come home,” Lowry said. “We played our game.”
The Raptors built a 20-point lead in the third and left no doubt about the outcome.
Scola scored 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting in the third quarter and helped Toronto become the latest team to punish the Sixers.
“When you get easy shots, the confidence builds,” Scola said. “It starts with defense. You get a lot of easy shots, the defense tends to collapse and the confidence is higher.”
While the Raptors had four starters in double-digit scoring, the Sixers started marginal NBA players JaKarr Sampson, Nik Stauskas and T.J. McConnell. Stauskas, a noted 3-point shooter at Michigan, has struggled from the arc in the NBA. He missed on 5 of 7 against the Raptors and entered only shooting 29 percent overall on 3s.
Raptors: The Raptors beat the Sixers for the ninth straight time, the longest winning streak on either side in 20 years of the series. … They play their next six games against the Western Conference.
Sixers: F Nerlens Noel sat out his second straight game with sore wrists from a fall last week in Cleveland. … F Richaun Holmes sat out with a strained right hamstring. … They assigned injured guards Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League to continue their rehab. The Sixers put Marshall on the inactive list.
Rookie G Norman Powell scored eight points and quadrupled his point total from his first four career games.
Raptors: Host New Orleans on Friday.
Sixers: Play Friday at Oklahoma City.
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