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Sixers suffer wire to wire loss to Raptors

This recap's going to be short, as SBNation had some network issues immediately after the game, and I had to do some traveling for the holidays before it got back online.  

That being said, there's not much you'll want to relive.  The Sixers never led in this one, and after the Raptors went up 10 with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter, never got within single digits.  

Playing without Elton Brand, Reggie Evans ran rough-shed over the Sixers frontcourt, grabbing 22 rebounds, 5 of which were on the offensive end of the court.  The Sixers did do a good job of keeping the rest of the Raptors off the offensive glass, even if they did fail to slow down Andrea Bargnani once again, who is now averaging 27 points per game on 58.8% from the field in two games against the Sixers this year.

The Sixers may have gotten some decent individual performances on paper, but most of it was in essence garbage time, despite a brief run in the second half that saw the Sixers threaten to make a game out of it.  Andre Iguodala had his second straight good overall game since returning from injury, scoring 17 points on 6-13 from the field while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists.  Jrue Holiday had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Thaddeus Young chipped in 14 points on 7-12 from the field and 5 rebounds in 28 minutes.

Craig Brackins saw his first court time of the season, despite Rod Thorn saying before the game that they may consider sending him down to the d-league.  He showed off his strengths, and weaknesses, in his game, taking 7 shots in 10 minutes of action to score 8 points, while grabbing 0 defensive rebounds.

Stat of the game: Evan Turner had 0 field goal attempts in 16 minutes.

Player of the game: Andre Iguodala, again (even if the TorontoSun and the Raptors announcers, here and here, did have disparaging comments about Iguodala's on-court demeanor).


Next Up: Friday, at Miami.

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