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Lowry has big half amid trade rumors, Raptors hold off 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Lowry doesn't want to play for any team but Toronto.

A detour through his hometown is always welcome, though.

Lowry had a big first half amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, Kawhi Leonard finished with 24 points, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

Lowry, a Philadelphia native and former Villanova star, had 17 points in the first half and finished with 20. He seemed unfazed by a report from Sports Illustrated that Toronto had offered him to Memphis as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.

''I personally want to be in Toronto,'' Lowry said. ''I've never asked for a trade. My goal is to try to win a championship here, and that's what I want to do.''

Serge Ibaka also had 20 points to help the Raptors overcome the Joel Embiid-led Sixers. Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double, while Ben Simmons scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18.

With the Sixers trailing by 18 early in the fourth quarter, Embiid ripped off 12 points in a three-minute stretch to slice Toronto's lead to 108-101 with 6:59 left and get the home crowd on its feet for the first time all night. But the Raptors (39-16) never let the Sixers (34-20) get closer than seven.

''Offensively, defensively, they were just better than us,'' Embiid said. ''But I'm proud of our effort in the second half.''

After erupting for 40 points in the first quarter behind 11-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line, the Raptors built a 21-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Lowry, who missed Toronto's last game due to back soreness, fueled the run with three 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch.

''He was awesome,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. ''You know, that's Kyle in a super-focused game. He took his 3s, he took his deep ones, he took some drives. Whenever you see him pull that little slam-on-the-brakes, spin-to-the-left fadeaway, you know he's in the game right.''

Lowry added another 3, which bounced all around the rim before dropping in, four minutes before halftime to help Toronto take a 72-55 lead into the break - the Raptors' best offensive first half of the season.

''I love playing at home,'' Lowry said. ''My mom's in the building. It's different.''

TOO MANY MINUTES?

The Sixers were without two starters as Wilson Chandler (quad) missed his second straight game while JJ Redick was a late scratch due to nausea.

That led to the team's Big 3 of Embiid (42 minutes), Simmons (44 minutes) and Butler (39 minutes) all playing more than coach Brett Brown would have liked.

''We got two days off before we played and I just felt like it was our only chance to win,'' Brown said. ''But it is not an ideal volume of minutes that I played them.''

DEFENSE COMES FIRST

While the Raptors had a big offensive performance, they were mostly proud of the work they put in on the defensive end. That includes forcing Simmons into six turnovers.

''He's a great player, very good at getting to the basket and finding his teammates,'' Leonard said. ''I just tried my best to get in the passing lane and stick to our game plan.''

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto is now 17-11 on the road this season, the third best mark in the league. The Raptors' next two games will also be away from home. ... Toronto won the season series with Philadelphia, 3-1, with the Sixers' only win coming on Dec. 22 when the Raptors were missing Leonard and Ibaka, their top two scorers.

76ers: Tuesday's game marked the start of a four-game homestand after a 2-2 road swing out West. ... Some of the biggest cheers of the night came in the pregame when Sixers great Allen Iverson rang the team's ceremonial bell at midcourt. ... This was Embiid's NBA-leading 22nd game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Raptors: At the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

76ers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
J. Embiid
21 C
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
27.2 Pts. Per Game 27.2
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
13.5 Reb. Per Game 13.5
49.6 Field Goal % 48.3
49.7 Three Point % 48.2
86.2 Free Throw % 80.7
  Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka 0:11
  Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
+ 2 Pascal Siakam made layup, assist by Serge Ibaka 0:24
+ 2 Jimmy Butler made floating jump shot, assist by Ben Simmons 0:46
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:56
  Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam 1:19
  Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:23
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:34
+ 1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 1:34
  Personal foul on Joel Embiid 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard 1:35
Team Stats
Points 119 107
Field Goals 41-89 (46.1%) 31-70 (44.3%)
3-Pointers 11-31 (35.5%) 7-24 (29.2%)
Free Throws 26-32 (81.3%) 38-41 (92.7%)
Total Rebounds 54 42
Offensive 15 5
Defensive 27 29
Team 12 8
Assists 27 20
Steals 12 8
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 10 18
Fouls 27 22
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
37 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Raptors 39-16 40322819119
home team logo 76ers 34-20 28272725107
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 39-16 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo 76ers 34-20 108.7 PPG 48.5 RPG 24.4 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Embiid C 27.5 PPG 13.6 RPG 3.7 APG 48.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 24 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
J. Embiid C 37 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
46.1 FG% 44.3
35.5 3PT FG% 29.2
81.3 FT% 92.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 24 7 3 3/11 2/7 16/17 1 34 3 0 3 2 5 +2 37
K. Lowry 20 1 6 7/16 5/9 1/2 4 35 2 0 3 0 1 +13 32
S. Ibaka 20 10 3 10/15 0/1 0/0 5 27 0 0 1 3 7 +24 35
P. Siakam 16 6 2 7/15 2/6 0/3 2 30 1 0 2 2 4 +8 25
D. Green 2 2 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 21 1 0 0 0 2 +6 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 24 7 3 3/11 2/7 16/17 1 34 3 0 3 2 5 +2 37
K. Lowry 20 1 6 7/16 5/9 1/2 4 35 2 0 3 0 1 +13 32
S. Ibaka 20 10 3 10/15 0/1 0/0 5 27 0 0 1 3 7 +24 35
P. Siakam 16 6 2 7/15 2/6 0/3 2 30 1 0 2 2 4 +8 25
D. Green 2 2 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 3 21 1 0 0 0 2 +6 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Powell 14 0 0 5/6 1/2 3/4 4 16 1 0 0 0 0 +4 15
G. Monroe 10 7 0 5/8 0/0 0/0 4 17 0 0 0 5 2 -14 17
D. Wright 8 4 5 1/7 0/2 6/6 1 17 2 0 0 1 3 0 24
F. VanVleet 3 1 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 25 2 0 0 0 1 +10 10
O. Anunoby 2 4 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 2 2 +7 9
C. Miles 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Richardson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Loyd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 119 42 27 41/89 11/31 26/32 27 236 12 0 10 15 27 +60 217
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 37 13 2 10/20 3/7 14/15 4 42 1 3 4 2 11 -9 54
B. Simmons 20 7 6 8/15 0/0 4/5 1 44 3 0 6 2 5 -3 36
J. Butler 18 1 5 5/12 0/2 8/8 2 39 2 0 1 0 1 -5 30
M. Muscala 8 4 1 1/3 0/2 6/7 3 31 0 0 1 0 4 -8 13
L. Shamet 6 1 1 2/8 2/6 0/0 4 33 0 0 1 0 1 -5 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 37 13 2 10/20 3/7 14/15 4 42 1 3 4 2 11 -9 54
B. Simmons 20 7 6 8/15 0/0 4/5 1 44 3 0 6 2 5 -3 36
J. Butler 18 1 5 5/12 0/2 8/8 2 39 2 0 1 0 1 -5 30
M. Muscala 8 4 1 1/3 0/2 6/7 3 31 0 0 1 0 4 -8 13
L. Shamet 6 1 1 2/8 2/6 0/0 4 33 0 0 1 0 1 -5 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
F. Korkmaz 11 1 0 2/8 1/6 6/6 4 19 1 0 1 0 1 -14 12
T. McConnell 4 5 4 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 22 1 0 4 0 5 -9 14
J. Bolden 3 2 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 1 1 -7 7
J. Redick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Brewer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Highsmith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 107 34 20 31/70 7/24 38/41 22 236 8 3 18 5 29 -60 174