DeMar DeRozan exploded for 45 points, burying 3-pointers and getting to the line, and the visiting Toronto Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit in downing the Philadelphia 76ers 114-109 on Thursday night.
“I thought he was a young Ray Allen,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of DeRozan’s hot 3-point shooting. “That’s what we need from him. It opens up the floor, especially on nights when we just didn’t have it. We were playing in mud in the first half.”
Kyle Lowry added 20 points and the Raptors won for the 11th time in 12 games.
The slumping Sixers again played without injured center Joel Embiid, who could play when the teams meet again Saturday at Toronto. Ben Simmons led the Sixers with 20 points and Robert Covington scored 18.