Friday, January 24, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - RAPTORS 104, SIXERS 95 - The "Homecoming Triple Dub" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
It was a homecoming for Kyle Lowry as he returned to his native Philadelphia, and he didn't disappoint his family and friends in attendance.  Lowry and the Raptors closed out the Sixers in the fourth quarter en route to a 104-95 over their Atlantic Division counterparts.  Both Lowry and DeMar put in their bid for an All-Star reserve selection with their performances on Friday night.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:
18/10/13  Fourth career triple double for Kyle Lowry as he made his return to his hometown Philadelphia.  18 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists and just two turnovers as the Raptors point guard made his case for an All-Star selection.  To top it off, Lowry had zero turnovers through his first 34 minutes of play.

34  DeMar DeRozan followed up his 40-point performance with 34 points against the Sixers.  DeMar got to the line 16 times where he only missed three free throws, making HIS case for a ticket to New Orleans in February.

24-17  The Raps continue to display their ability to close out teams, and stepped up their D in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sixer 24-17 in the closing quarter.

28  Ball movement continues to be the theme in the post-Rudy Gay era, the Raptors had 28 assists on the night.  The combo of Vasquez/Lowry combined for 20 of the 28 assists.

14  Kyle Lowry's triple double was the 14th in Raptors history.  Lowry joins the company of Jose Calderon, Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudamire of Raptors with multiple triple doubles.

12  Number of points for John Salmons, who had 12 points on 5/7 shooting and two threes.  It was also a homecoming for Salmons who along with Kyle Lowry is another Philly native.

18  This was DeMar's 18th game scoring 30 pts or more for Toronto.  He ties Andrea Bargnani for third on the all-time list, just behind Chris Bosh and Vince Carter and just surpassing Damon Stoudamire.

56-36  Philly dominated the points in the paint 56-36 as JV and Amir combined for just 15 points.

16  Fourth quarter points from DeMar DeRozan, including seven straight points to start the final quarter.

12-15  The game was tight throughout three quarters, there were a total of 12 lead changes and 15 tie scores.

383  Amir Johnson had two blocks on the night, moving him to fourth on the Raptors All-Time blocks list: Bosh (600), VC (415), Antonio Davis (405)

12  Tyler Hansbrough missed his 12th straight game for the Raptors.  Psycho T's injury was originally called an ankle sprain but now is being called a bone bruise.

62  Oh....and if y'all didn't know.  Melo scored 62 on Friday night.

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: Kyle Lowry - 18 pts (7/11), 3/5 3pt, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 turnovers

(Photo via The Score)

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