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Kelly Oubre Jr. leads undermanned Sixers over Raptors

Kelly Oubre Jr. leads undermanned Sixers over Raptors

The Philadelphia 76ers paid a visit to the Toronto Raptors on Easter Sunday looking to pick up a much-needed win. The Sixers entered the contest losers of five of their previous six contests and needed others to step up as Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, De’Anthony Melton, and Robert Covington were all sidelined in this one.

Philadelphia got off to a great start and never trailed in this one. The Raptors, who entered the contest losers of 12 straight, were missing a lot of their key pieces as well and the Sixers were able to walk away with a 135-120 victory. Philadelphia set a new franchise record with 24 made 3-pointers.

Kelly Oubre Jr. had a big night as he led the Sixers with 32 points and seven rebounds, Cam Payne had 24 points, Buddy Hield had 13 points, and Kyle Lowry had 11 and 10 assists. Tobias Harris added 21 points and nine rebounds while Nic Batum added 19 and Paul Reed had nine.

Here are the player grades following the win:

Always loved in Toronto, Lowry made an impact early. He was aggressive on the defensive end using his hands to bother the Raptors out on the perimeter. He did a good job of getting everybody organized on offense, made plays for others, contributed with his scoring, and drew a charge. Overall, he played well and it appears that he has his groove on this team. He did normal Lowry things in this one.

Getting the start for the injured Maxey, Payne was able to knock down a triple early and then got inside for an easy layup. That allowed him to find his rhythm early and he was able to provide a consistent scoring threat in this one. He moved well without the basketball and was able to help the Sixers space the floor appropriately. There were some defensive issues, but Payne played well overall.

After a miserable game in Cleveland, Oubre got off to a great start in this one. He was aggressive going to the basket and being able to take advantage of a leaky Toronto defense. The Raptors don’t have many players who can stay in front of him and he was able to be effective early and often. He took a hard fall in the first half when Raptors veteran Garrett Temple went up to contest his fast break layup, but he was able to bounce back and play through it. He was fantastic with his shooting in this one and the Raptors did not have a real answer for him.

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