Raptors beat Sixers 113-102
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.”