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Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers in loss to Toronto Raptors

08 December 2018

The trade has worked out for the Raptors so far, as they now have the best record (20-5) in the National Basketball Association. "I try to perform every night", he said.

"We look forward to going up there and using it as an early sort of barometer of where we are", 76ers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday. "I think everything (Embiid) does is powerful", Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said on Tuesday.

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"May not seem like the best matchup in the world throwing it in to JV against Embiid, but JV had it going and he did a good job", said Nurse.

"As long as we're working, I'm totally fine with that", said Valanciunas. "If you try to turn it on versus the good teams, it's very hard to do that". Lowry recorded a team-high 11 assists; his 14th game with 10 or-more assists this season and the 22nd consecutive time that he has led the team outright in assists, matching Damon Stoudamire's franchise record set in 1996. "Tonight was one of those games where they just had it clicking". Valanciunas impressed in the first quarter with eight points in 3:30 of work but also picked up three quick fouls, forcing Nurse to rely on veteran Greg Monroe and keep Valanciunas on the bench.

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Leonard answered by scoring the next five points, and Toronto went into the fourth period in front, 78-77.

The third quarter largely brought more of the same, with Butler and Leonard trading blows as each team largely struggled to find other offense, before the Raptors bench came to life to open the fourth quarter. Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 meetings with Philadelphia. Not only did he tie the game at 46-46 with a vicious dunk, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year came up with the steal that preceded Toronto's first go-ahead basket of the night. Unfortunately, this may have been overshadowed by another turnover-filled game for the Sixers.

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The game drew several celebrities who attended Tuesday's gala for Giants of Africa, the charity of Raptors president Masai Ujiri. With Butler, Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers had proven a tough opponent to match up against for opponents, and it showed in the first half of this game.

Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers in loss to Toronto Raptors