VanVleet, Trent beat the 3 late as the Raptors beat the 76ers, 115-109


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Kyle Lowry’s mom was at home, dressing the Raptors in a sweatshirt even though her son moved to Miami. But the competitive fuel Lowry left behind in turning Toronto into a champion has plagued this year’s team.

Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet scored three consecutive points in the last 1:10 to lift the Raptors past the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-109 on Thursday night.

VanVleet scored six 3s and scored 32 points, and Trent added 20. The Raptors lost to Boston in the front of a back-to-back, but the last 3 led them to a much-needed away win.

The Raptors played hard until the very end, a trait that can work wonders for a team looking to surprise this season.

“He’s been in the culture with the Raptors for a while,” said coach Nick Nurse. “We believe it, we talk about it, we supply it. We hold kids accountable. I think the biggest metric is your heart, your tenacity, and your desire to want to do it. Fortunately, our kids will do it most nights. “

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Joel Embiid, Isaiah Joe, and Matisse Thybulle are still in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and have sat down again. Seth Curry returned from a foot injury and Tobias Harris scored 19 points on his return from a six-game absence after testing positive for COVID-19.

“We just need bodies. It is a hot body. The fact that he is one of our best players helps, ”said coach Doc Rivers.

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The Sixers need more reinforcements and have lost three consecutive games. Tyrese Maxey scored 33 points for the Sixers.

Andre Drummond had put the Sixers ahead 109-107 with 1:44 left and then followed with a block on the next possession that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Trent, however, scored the 3 with 1:10 remaining which gave the Raptors the lead.

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The Raptors led most of the fourth quarter until the Sixers went late. Shake Milton hit a 3 and his drive from the baseline cut him to 92-89 before Harris scored to take the Sixers down to one. VanVleet and Svi Mykhailiuk, however, each buried three points which extended the lead and OG Anunoby crushed a turnover.

Anunoby then scored a 3, one of 14 for the Raptors.

“He’s always been a great all-round talent,” said Trent. “This year I saw him drive in certain situations, find certain guys. He’s just the last team player, the last winner. “


Raptors: Anunoby also scored 20 points. … Trailing 57-52 at the interval.

76ers: Ben Simmons attended Thursday’s movie session, although there are no immediate plans yet for the guard to return to play. “It has been more around. He’s doing all the things I know he should do, “Rivers said. Rivers continues to divert questions about Simmons, who is officially out with mental health and back problems. Rivers said Simmons’ status is” the latest. which I have in mind right now. “Simmons agent Rich Paul told The Athletic,” It’s not about a trade anymore. It’s about finding a place where we can help Ben get back to his mental strength and recover. on the track. I want him on the ground playing the game he loves. I want Ben on the floor. Whether he’s in the 76ers uniform or any other uniform, it’s not up to me, but I want him in a state where he can play again. ” . Simmons, a three-time All-Star, requested a swap in the offseason and has a frosty relationship with the Sixers.

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The annual open trial held by the NBA G League teams has actually produced a player this season for the Delaware Blue Coats. Brian Cameron, a remarkable Division III Wesley College shooter, went from a Delaware native to a deep reserve on the bench.

He was inactive for the opening, but should have made the roster in Maine.

Not bad for a guard who practically missed a year due to the pandemic. He impressed in the open training which included former DI players and was invited to the training camp. He signed a one-year contract with the Blue Coats.

“I hope I can find my way eventually,” he said. “Nothing is given. Everything is earned. This is how I have been my whole life coming from small schools here and there. I didn’t have the best recruits with me, or anything. I just have to show what I can bring with the team. “

Blue Coats general manager Prosper Karangwa said Cameron’s shooting – he shot at least 45% from 3 of his first three college seasons – made him attractive to the team.

“I don’t think there was a day that Brian didn’t look like he didn’t belong,” Karangwa said. “Hopefully there will be an opportunity for him to get a few minutes at some point.”

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Raptors: Go home on Saturday to play in Detroit.

76ers: Open a six-game road trip in Indiana on Saturday.


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