Are Toronto Raptors over reliant on VanVleet?

Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-pointers over the final 1:10 to lift the Raptors past the undermanned Philadelphia 76ers, 115-109 on Thursday night. However, again it was the latter who almost single-handedly carried his team.

A night after he played over an hour in a loss in Boston, VanVleet came out and gave the Raptors 40 minutes which pleased several top online casino who backed the game. In that time, he put up 32 points including a game-securing three-pointer in the final minute on a nice feed from OG Anunoby.

It allowed the Raptors to hang on for the 115-109 win and brought out a side of VanVleet he rarely shows the public.

Chris Boucher came off the bench for a season-best 17 points; Scottie Barnes had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists; Anunoby had 20 points and four assists and Trent Jr. had 20 with four assists also.

The Sixers were without some key pieces but were lifted by Tyrese Maxey who had 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, though it was not enough to halt the Sixers' losing streak which is now at three as Philadelphia fell to 8-5.

VanVleet leads the league in minutes played, averaging 38.5 a night. With rookie Dalano Banton backing him up and Malachi Flynn not getting any minutes at all these days as the third point guard on the team, the workload does not look like it’s going to come down any time soon.

"We’re not going to talk about my minutes," VanVleet said then, knowing full well the kind of workload he faces this year which is full known by

"When we come out and Freddy’s getting some buckets and making plays like that, I think that automatically gives us a boost of spirit and confidence," said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. "[He was] just all over the place.

"We know that he’s got it going and he’s getting past people and he’s making some shots… I think that was a big spark the way he came out tonight for sure."

The Raptors led most of the fourth quarter until the Sixers went on a late run. Shake Milton hit a 3 and his baseline drive cut it to 92-89 before Harris scored to bring the Sixers within one. VanVleet and Svi Mykhailiuk, though, each buried 3-pointers that stretched the lead and OG Anunoby dunked off a turnover.

Anunoby then hit a 3, one of 14 for the Raptors. The Toronto side hosts Pistons next with VanVleet and co expected to come to the party.