Raptors send Sixers to fourth straight loss

Michael Carter-Williams pulls up for a jump shot in front of the Raptors' Amir Johnson. Carter-Williams scored 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting. He had missed the previous four games with an injured left foot. YONG KIM / Staff
Michael Carter-Williams pulls up for a jump shot in front of the Raptors' Amir Johnson. Carter-Williams scored 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting. He had missed the previous four games with an injured left foot. YONG KIM / Staff
Posted: November 22, 2013

The 76ers had a lot happening on Wednesday.

The team waived Kwame Brown and Darius Morris and signed Lorenzo Brown and Elliot Williams. Thaddeus Young missed the game against the Toronto Raptors for personal reasons. Michael Carter-Williams returned to action after missing four games with a bruised arch in his left foot.

And unfortunately for the Sixers, the game ended the way the previous three did.

The Raptors prevailed, 108-98, at the Wells Fargo Center to hand the Sixers their fourth straight setback.

Toronto (5-7) ended a two-game skid and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers (5-8) dropped a half-game out of first after losing for the eighth time in 10 tries.

"We don't want to use that as an excuse with Thad being out for personal reasons," Sixers shooting guard James Anderson said. "He's a big part of our play. Without him, it was kind of a hole in our offense. And Mike coming back, trying to get back into his rhythm.

"But like I said, we don't want to use that as an excuse."

Even so, the Sixers were out of sync.

Carter-Williams was rusty. The 6-foot-6 rookie point guard scored 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting. He also had six assists and six turnovers to go with two blocked shots and zero steals in 33 minutes, 33 seconds.

"I think his rhythm was a little off," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of Carter-Williams, who was averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 assists, and 2.6 steals before missing the last four games.

"Like any young player, when you hadn't played for a while you get so excited to come back and play," Brown added. "And you always try too hard to put your imprint in the game."

As evident by the team's 20 turnovers, Carter-Williams wasn't the only Sixer who was forcing things.

"If we're going to have 20 turnovers," Spencer Hawes said, "we might as well kick them all out of bounds [so] they're not hitting threes on the other end."

The Sixers are struggling with their perimeter defense. The Raptors made 14 of 29 three-pointers. Even though he's not a perimeter player, Young's athleticism on the defensive end was missed.

Brown said he wasn't sure when Young would return.

"It's a family situation that at this stage will remain private," Brown said.

Hawes, who normally plays center, started the game at power forward because of Young's absence. He responded with a season-best 28 points to go with 10 rebounds and 3 assists. The seven-year veteran had a stellar offensive night. He made 10 of 13 field-goal attempts, went 3 for 4 on three-pointers, and made 5 of 6 foul shots.

But Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan finished with a game-high 33 points while making 3 of 5 three-pointers. He was seven points shy of the career high he set Nov. 15 against the Chicago Bulls.

Toronto's Rudy Gay scored 16 of his 18 points after intermission. The swingman also had a career-high eight assists.

In his Sixers debut, Brown scored five points - all in the closing seconds. Williams also saw action.

The Raptors opened up an 11-point cushion late in the second quarter. They extended their lead to 93-77 after three quarters.


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