Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2018

Game Centre: Kawhi Leonard’s 36 points lead Raptors to victory over Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers may pose a bigger threat with Jimmy Butler in their ranks, but the Toronto Raptors got back to their winning ways with a 113-102 victory over their Eastern Conference rivals on Wednesday night.

Kawhi Leonard put up a team-high 36 points, matching a season-high with five threes on six attempts and setting a new personal season-high with five steals. Jonas Valanciunas disregarded early foul trouble to put up a season-high 26 points.

The Raptors are now 13-3 against fellow East teams.

  • Slow start: The Raptors trailed by just six at the end of the first quarter but were lucky it wasn’t by more after going 1-for-6 from three and committing five turnovers. Only three Toronto players scored in the first 12 minutes: Leonard (11 points), Valanciunas (8 points) and Serge Ibaka (4 points). Valanciunas seemed to embrace the challenge of guarding Joel Embiid — who has failed to notch more than eight points in three of his last four games — but it came at a cost, too, with three personal fouls in the first quarter alone. He didn’t check back in to the game until late in the third but made his 18 minutes count.
  • Up next: The Raptors visit the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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Game Centre: Kawhi Leonard’s 36 points lead Raptors to victory over Philadelphia 76ers