Rap­tors beat Six­ers 113-102

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS - LORI EWING

TORONTO — The Philadel­phia 76ers might be a dif­fer­ent team. But it was a sim­i­lar re­sult for the Toronto Rap­tors.

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points to lift the league-lead­ing Rap­tors to a 113-102 vic­tory over Jimmy But­ler and the new-look Six­ers on Wed­nes­day, Toronto’s 13th con­sec­u­tive win over Philadel­phia at home.

Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas scored a sea­son-high 26 points, while Serge Ibaka had 18 for the Rap­tors (21-5).

Leonard con­nected on a sea­son-high 5-for-6 from three­p­oint range.

But­ler had 38 points to lead Philly (17-9), while JJ Redick added 25.

The Rap­tors roared past Philly 129-112 on Oct. 30 in Toronto, but less than two weeks later the Six­ers upped the ante, ac­quir­ing But­ler from Min­nesota in a deal that dras­ti­cally al­tered the East­ern Con­fer­ence land­scape.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent,” Six­ers coach Brett Brown said of his new-look team. “But the fact is we haven’t won up here. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of them be­ing very good, and us sort of grow­ing our pro­gram. . . I think the last game we played them, this year, this team, as it sits, is very dif­fer­ent.”

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