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Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over short-handed Raptors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers weren't too excited after their latest win.

Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night.

JJ Redick added 22 points for the 76ers, who pulled within 2 1/2 games of first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.

Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry added 20 for the Raptors, who slipped to 25-10. Toronto played without two-time defensive player of the year Kawhi Leonard, as well as Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas.

And it's the absences that had Embiid downplaying the victory.

''It was a good win, but to me it doesn't mean anything,'' he said.

Embiid scored 23 of his points in the opening 24 minutes.

''They really had nothing to stop him in the first half,'' Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.

Leonard was held out of the lineup to rest on the second game of a back-to-back after scoring a season-high 37 points in the Raptors' 126-110 home win over Cleveland on Friday night. Toronto coach Nick Nurse said prior to Saturday's contest that Leonard may be available for the second game of a back-to-back going forward.

Ibaka missed his third straight contest with a sore right knee, while Valanciunas is sidelined for at least three more weeks after having thumb surgery. Lowry and Danny Green returned after missing time with injuries. Lowry sat out the last four contests with a sore left thigh and Green watched Friday's win with a sore left knee.

It was Philadelphia's third victory in the last 23 games against the Raptors.

The 76ers, though, would've liked it to come against a full contingent.

''I was disappointed, too,'' said Simmons, whose point total was a season high.

The Raptors led by as many as seven in the opening half and were within range entering the break trailing 65-59. But the 76ers took advantage of Toronto's many missing players in the second half, methodically pulling away.

''A little too much for us tonight,'' Nurse said. ''We just didn't have enough.''

Philadelphia led by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT

The 76ers next play on Christmas night on Boston, something Embiid and Simmons are eagerly anticipating.

''I love playing against those guys,'' Embiid said. ''I like their physicality. I like their toughness. It's fun. We're going to have a blast.''

Said Simmons: ''I think it's going to be an amazing experience.''

CHRISTMAS COAL

In spite of being one of the premier teams in the league, Toronto isn't one of the 10 clubs being featured on Christmas, something Nurse admitted was disappointing.

''I think it's a marquee day to play,'' he said. ''I think our team would've liked to play.''

FULTZ UPDATE

The 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz will play again this season.

The 20-year-old Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said prior to Saturday's game against Toronto that he has no timetable for Fultz's return to basketball activities.

Brand said it was ''to be determined'' if Fultz will play again this season.

''I can't say right now,'' Brand said.

The GM expects to update Fultz's situation in ''a few weeks.''

Fultz was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, but his career has been sidetracked by injuries and ineffectiveness.

TIP-INS

Raptors: The Raptors won both previous meetings between the teams this season, 129-112 on Oct. 30, and 113-102 on Dec. 5. Both of those games were in Toronto, where the Raptors have won 13 in a row over Philadelphia. . Leonard has never lost in 12 career meetings with Philadelphia.

76ers: Former Eagles receiver Freddie Mitchell rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell in the pregame. . The teams will play once more in the regular season, on Feb. 5 in Philadelphia. ... Embiid, Simmons and Jimmy Butler all received technical fouls.

UP NEXT

Raptors: At Miami on Wednesday.

76ers: Start five-game road trip at Boston on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
P. Siakam
43 PF
J. Embiid
21 C
33.8 Min. Per Game 33.8
26.3 Pts. Per Game 26.3
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
13.2 Reb. Per Game 13.2
58.7 Field Goal % 48.0
58.0 Three Point % 47.5
78.2 Free Throw % 79.4
  Defensive rebound by Furkan Korkmaz 0:05
  Personal foul on Demetrius Jackson 0:18
+ 2 Shake Milton made finger-roll layup 0:31
  Bad pass turnover on Norman Powell, stolen by Shake Milton 0:34
+ 2 Furkan Korkmaz made floating jump shot, assist by Demetrius Jackson 0:41
+ 3 C.J. Miles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Norman Powell 0:51
  Defensive rebound by Chris Boucher 1:04
+ 1 Amir Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 1:06
  Shooting foul on Chris Boucher 1:06
  Lost ball turnover on Chris Boucher, stolen by Amir Johnson 1:11
  Defensive rebound by Chris Boucher 1:12
Team Stats
Points 101 126
Field Goals 37-95 (38.9%) 46-85 (54.1%)
3-Pointers 10-40 (25.0%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 26-35 (74.3%)
Total Rebounds 47 61
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 33 49
Team 6 8
Assists 17 33
Steals 5 10
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 4 3
26 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
26 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Raptors 25-10 30292022101
home team logo 76ers 22-12 29362635126
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 25-10 114.0 PPG 45.4 RPG 24.2 APG
home team logo 76ers 22-12 115.4 PPG 47.5 RPG 27.2 APG
Key Players
P. Siakam PF 15.2 PPG 6.9 RPG 2.8 APG 57.2 FG%
J. Embiid C 27.0 PPG 13.3 RPG 3.4 APG 48.8 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Siakam PF 26 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
J. Embiid C 27 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
38.9 FG% 54.1
25.0 3PT FG% 33.3
89.5 FT% 74.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Siakam 26 6 2 11/21 0/6 4/4 1 37 1 0 0 2 4 -21 37
K. Lowry 20 6 5 6/16 2/9 6/6 2 30 1 1 2 0 6 -8 36
D. Green 9 3 0 3/12 1/5 2/2 3 24 0 0 3 0 3 -7 9
G. Monroe 6 8 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 1 4 4 -16 15
O. Anunoby 5 5 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 5 26 0 0 2 0 5 -2 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Siakam 26 6 2 11/21 0/6 4/4 1 37 1 0 0 2 4 -21 37
K. Lowry 20 6 5 6/16 2/9 6/6 2 30 1 1 2 0 6 -8 36
D. Green 9 3 0 3/12 1/5 2/2 3 24 0 0 3 0 3 -7 9
G. Monroe 6 8 1 3/7 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 1 4 4 -16 15
O. Anunoby 5 5 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 5 26 0 0 2 0 5 -2 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Powell 13 4 1 4/8 2/4 3/3 1 25 1 0 1 0 4 -13 19
F. VanVleet 12 2 3 5/14 2/6 0/0 2 27 1 0 1 0 2 -18 20
D. Wright 4 3 3 1/5 0/1 2/4 0 17 1 0 1 1 2 -18 13
M. Richardson 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 -2 3
C. Miles 3 0 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 0 -9 2
L. Brown 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 1 1 -5 3
C. Boucher 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 4 5 0 1 2 0 2 -6 1
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 41 17 37/95 10/40 17/19 24 234 5 2 15 8 33 -125 168
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 27 11 1 10/15 0/0 7/9 3 30 1 1 3 1 10 +15 39
B. Simmons 26 12 8 11/13 0/0 4/6 2 33 0 1 1 1 11 +17 54
J. Redick 22 3 5 7/12 4/5 4/6 0 27 0 0 0 0 3 +26 35
J. Butler 12 7 7 4/10 0/2 4/4 3 28 3 1 2 1 6 +7 35
M. Muscala 4 4 1 1/3 1/3 1/2 2 17 0 0 0 0 4 +10 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 27 11 1 10/15 0/0 7/9 3 30 1 1 3 1 10 +15 39
B. Simmons 26 12 8 11/13 0/0 4/6 2 33 0 1 1 1 11 +17 54
J. Redick 22 3 5 7/12 4/5 4/6 0 27 0 0 0 0 3 +26 35
J. Butler 12 7 7 4/10 0/2 4/4 3 28 3 1 2 1 6 +7 35
M. Muscala 4 4 1 1/3 1/3 1/2 2 17 0 0 0 0 4 +10 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. Korkmaz 16 4 0 6/9 2/5 2/3 0 19 3 0 1 0 4 +18 22
T. McConnell 6 3 7 3/11 0/2 0/0 2 28 0 0 0 0 3 +15 23
S. Milton 5 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 +2 7
J. Bolden 4 9 1 1/3 0/1 2/2 3 25 0 4 3 1 8 +14 16
L. Shamet 3 0 1 1/5 0/4 1/1 4 16 0 0 1 0 0 -3 4
A. Johnson 1 0 0 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 +2 2
D. Jackson 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 +2 4
W. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 126 53 33 46/85 8/24 26/35 21 235 10 7 11 4 49 +125 251