The Toronto Raptors are leaving Philadelphia with a victory Wednesday night after out-battling the struggling 76ers 108-98. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 33 points, hitting 3 threes in the process; Rudy Gay followed up with a clean 18-8-8 albeit with a 6 for 16 night. Michael Carter-Williams came back to play after missing the last 4 with a sore foot. The rookie played 33 minutes in his return.
- DeMar went for 33 tonight, after going for 29 and 37 against the Trail Blazers and Bulls respectively. He's really picking up his offensive game all-around recently, firing a nice 50% from the field in that 3 game span. The same cannot be said for Rudy Gay; still struggling from the field. However, he did contribute with a career-high 8 assists.
- Steve Novak got some early burn tonight; after Amir Johnson picked up 2 early fouls. Novak's threat from deep is a weapon the Raptors have missed in recent games. It'll be interesting to see how Coach Casey uses him in the lineup in the upcoming games.
- A bright spot lately has been Terrence Ross. Looks like Casey is learning to trust the sophomore a little more as Ross' all-around game has improved in the short term. He added 17 points off the bench.
- Spencer Hawes had a nice game for the 76ers in tonight's loss. He had the hot hand tonight, but his team couldn't claw back with him.
- Roughly an hour before game-time, the Philadelphia 76ers announced they waived Kwame Brown and Darius Morris, then followed that by signing Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown. It's a transaction that would assume their management is pushing harder for the tank.