|Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +2Young played in a funk for the first three quarters, but came on in the fourth with 12 points. He’s been the subject of trade rumors all season, and those rumors will only get louder as we approach the new year. For what it’s worth, Young continues to look unfazed by the chatter. Just something to keep an eye on.|
|Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +4Evan Turner shot himself out of a funk in the second half, finishing with 21 points and 10 boards. He shot well from long distance and actually got to the line four times, but I am sure Brett Brown would like that number to be significantly higher.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -10Hawes is routinely the most consistent player on the court for the Sixers, and tonight was no different. He bodied up the bigger Jonas Valanciunas and the faster Amir Johnson with some success. Still, finishing the game with only three boards is not good enough.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -5Wroten made five threes. FIVE. He did everything he could to keep the Sixers within striking distance. Would you like him to take better care of the baketball? Sure, but at what cost? This team needs him to create offense and tonight he did just that. Couldn’t ask for anything more from the team’s sparkplug.|
|James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -9Another solid performance from Anderson. Brett Brown wants to develop Hollis Thompson, so Anderson’s role will not change. That being said, Anderson has thrived coming off the bench and continues to stretch the defense.|
By the Numbers: 17. Evan Turner has scored 20 points or more in 17 games this season, matching last season’s total.
Quote of the Game: “Some people like to go to Ross for less, but the Raptors like to go to [Terrence] Ross for more.” – Malik Rose
Parting Shots: The Sixers dug themselves into a 15 point hole in the first quarter and could not recover. Tony Wroten shot exceptionally well from long distance, hitting five 3-pointers. Although, Philly gave up 36 first quarter points, they held Toronto to only 20 points in second to get back in the game. Give Philly credit, they never led the game, but cut the Raptors lead to two with 3 minutes remaining. The Raptors went on a quick 6-0 run to wrap it up.
Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan had open shots all night and made the Sixers pay. That’s 12 losses in 14 games and 10 straight losses on the road. On a positive note, Philly “only” committed 17 turnovers.