RAPS LOCKED DOWN JOJO, SO OTHER SIXERS STEPPED UP!

By Jerry Wein

The Raptors kept Joel Embiid from getting the ball very much in the first half, and the Sixers made the Raptors pay in a 109-102 victory.

Tobias Harris scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter after the 76ers built a big early lead with long-range shooting, ending Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

“I thought we had a chance for a high-scoring game when they took the ball out of Joel’s hands, but I thought our guys played well,” Sixes coach Doc Rivers said. “The turnovers (18) hurt us, no doubt, but we made great decisions and that’s how you win games.”

Embiid shot 3-for-13 and finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six turnovers. Furkan Korkmaz had 19 points and made five of Philly’s 17 3-pointers. The 76ers shot 44.7 percent on 3s while the Raptors were denying Embiid the ball.

“I should have run a better rotation scheme, let’s leave it at that,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

Normal Powell led the Raptors with 24 points. Pascal Siakam added 22 and Fred VanVleet had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Ben Simmons had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers.

“I’m the type of guy who can do a lot of things on the floor,” he said. “Defensive player of the year, that’s what I want to win this year, and I should be in it.”

Korkmaz scored 16 in the first quarter and the 76ers led by 21 after Harris’ layup completed a 7-0 run midway through the second quarter.

The 76ers led by 16 early in the fourth quarter, but Terence Davis made three straight baskets and Siakam scored twice on an 18-8 run that got the margin down to six with 5:05 left.

Harris responded with a couple of inside shots and a 3-pointer, and Embiid scored on a tip and two free throws to restore a 17-point lead with 1:48 left.

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