Second quarter proves costly in Toronto Raptors' 93-83 loss to 76ers
Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, left, blocks Philadelphia 76ers forward Evan Turner on his way to the hoop during first half NBA action in Toronto on Saturday, November 10, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:44PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:56PM EST
TORONTO -- So much for the Toronto Raptors' first-quarter problems.
Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points while DeMar DeRozan added 19, but a horrendous second quarter led to a 93-83 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Jose Calderon added 14 points and 11 assists as the Raptors (1-5) dropped their third straight.
Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, and Jrue Holiday scored 16 points apiece to top the Sixers (4-2). Dorell Wright added 15 while Spencer Hawes finished with 12.
The Raptors have been plagued by poor first quarters, but it was a horrible second that proved costly Saturday. The Raptors led by 10 points midway through the first, but the Sixers outscored Toronto 40-11 to finish the first half with a 52-33 advantage. The Air Canada Centre crowd booed as the players trudged to the dressing room.
The Raptors shot a woeful 2-for-20 from the floor and scored just seven points in a horrendous second quarter -- Toronto's worst scoring output in a quarter since 2003 -- that had Raptors coach Dwane Casey screaming himself hoarse.
The Raptors, wearing their camouflage uniforms in honour of Remembrance Day, made a game of it in the third quarter, cutting Philly's lead to seven points heading into the fourth.
But Toronto's burst of energy was short-lived and when Nick Young drained a long jumper as the shot clock sounded with just over three minutes to play -- putting the Sixers up by 17 points -- plenty of fans tugged on their coats and headed for the exits.
The Raptors had one last gasp capped by a Calderon three-pointer with 1:01 left that cut Philly's lead to 10 points, but it was too little too late for the home team.
The Raptors were missing starters Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields, Lowry with a sprained ankle he suffered two games earlier at Oklahoma City and Fields with tenderness in his right hand.
Alan Anderson started in place of Fields but was carried off the court with a sprained left foot to end the third quarter.
The loss of Lowry was big for Toronto. The point guard has been the Raptors' most consistent player, and has had some of his best games against his hometown Philly team.
The Sixers shot 47 per cent on the night to the Raptors' 38 per cent and outrebounded Toronto 46-35.
Bargnani had a big first quarter with nine points, his turnaround jumper with three minutes left lifting the Raptors to a 10-point lead. The Raptors led 26-20 heading into the second.
The Sixers, who were coming off a 106-100 victory at Boston the previous night, shot 67 per cent in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 32-7 to take a 52-33 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
The Raptors pushed back in the third, shooting 69 per cent in the quarter and outscoring the Sixers 29-17. A three-pointer by DeRozan late in the quarter cut the Sixers' lead to seven point and Philly led 69-62 with one quarter left.