Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102

Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT

Kyle Lowry continues to open up about this offseason's blockbuster trade that saw the Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Raptors: Lowry shot 0 for 5 in the first half and missed his first six attempts from 3-point range.

After the game, Lowry said he needs to play better and called himself too passive during this awful stretch. He now leads the team with averages of 25.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in 34.4 minutes per game. Toronto, whose 21-5 record is the best in the National Basketball Association, improved to 11-3 at home.

The Raptors had their season-best eight-game winning streak stopped 106-103 by the Denver Nuggets Monday night.

Much was made about how the Aussie would gel with star 76ers recruit Jimmy Butler but the pair combined beautifully against the high-flying Raptors. Valanciunas was at the heart of it, grabbing an offensive rebound off a Delon Wright miss and putting away his own layup.

The team now gets a day off before looking to bounce back against the Detroit Pistons and a player in Andre Drummond who's surely looking for revenge on Joel Embiid.

Embiid's 23 double-doubles this season are the most by an National Basketball Association player over the first 25 games of a season since Kevin Garnett also had 23 in 2004-05.

"Obviously, they are going to be a playoff team and we are going to see them down the road", said the Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, who had 36 points and nine rebounds.

"We kind of feed off our defense and being able to get stops", Siakam said. We weren't able to do that. This move gave them more ballhandling with that unit that had struggled to create shots at times, and helped them build the lead that eventually got the Raptors the win. Philadelphia is a good, tough opponent, and this wasn't a flawless outing for the Raptors, but it showed how talented this team is that they can fight through those games, even against a good team, and pull out the win. We didn't bring the energy that we usually have. Good job - the second unit came in.

"He certainly gives them one of the elite wing defenders in the league ... when you don't have one of those, you run into some really good teams and you have a hard time defending them".

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