The Philadelphia 76ers struggled to defend in the halfcourt against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, and because of that the Raptors were able to score from multiple spots on the floor.
The Sixers allowed the Raptors to shoot 46.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from the 3-point line during their 119-107 loss. With this loss against the Raptors, the Sixers finished the season series 1-3 against Toronto.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry benefited from the Sixers not being in position on their perimeter rotations. Lowry made a game-high five 3-pointers, and he had 20 points, along with six assists.
In the video below, the Sixers didn’t do a good job of recovering onto Lowry after they trapped Kawhi Leonard. As Leonard drove into the lane, Jimmy Butler and Mike Muscala double teamed him. Leonard found Lowry open on the wing, and Lowry made the 3-pointer.
The Sixers allowed the Raptors to have solid looks, whether it was inside or on the perimeter. Also, the fact Philly turned the ball over 18 times didn’t help its time of possession. The Raptors capitalized off these turnovers, as they scored 30 points off turnovers.
Along with that, the Sixers gave more opportunities to the Raptors because they lost the offensive rebound battle 15-5.
Though Lowry led the Raptors in scoring at the half, Leonard led the team at the end of the game with 24 points. Leonard didn’t have a great game, only shooting 3-of-11 from the field. But he also had quality contributions from the rest of the team. Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell and Greg Monroe all scored in double figures in addition to Lowry.
The Sixers were a bit short handed, as JJ Redick (nausea) and Wilson Chandler (quad strain) were out. Joel Embiid led the team with 37 points and 13 rebounds.
Coach Brett Brown played Furkan Korkmaz, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell off the bench, but the three only scored 18 points.
Philadelphia has struggled against Toronto all season, as it has allowed an average of 115.5 points per game in four games against the Raptors. More importantly, however, the Sixers have committed 18.3 turnovers per game against the Raptors; they averaged 15.6 turnovers a game before Tuesday.
Going forward, the Sixers will need to work on defending Toronto better as they fight for third place in the Eastern conference. The Raptors are relatively hard to guard because the system is set for other players to thrive around Leonard. As he draws attention, other players are left open, and players such as Lowry and Siakam are able to create off the dribble.
The Sixers’ next game will be Friday, when they’ll play the Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m.