The 76ers got their first win against the Raptors this season Saturday.
While Kawhi Leonard didn’t play, Philadelphia’s 126-101 routing of Toronto was a statement.
Philadelphia headed into halftime with a six-point lead and pushed its advantage to 12 by the end of the third quarter. From there, the 76ers pulled away.
Ben Simmons had a season-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists on 11-of-13 shooting in the win. Joel Embiid was ice cold last time the 76ers played the Raptors, but he recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds this time around.
Pascal Siakam led Toronto in scoring with 26 points. Kyle Lowry also chipped in 20 points.
Toronto beat the reigning champion Warriors by 20 points without Leonard this season, so they’re clearly still a capable team in his absence.
Studs of the Night
Bradley Beal recorded his first ever triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists in a 149-146 triple overtime win for the Wizards over the Suns.
Thomas Bryant had a career game for the Wizards, scoring 31 points on a perfect 14-of-14 shooting. Bryant also grabbed 14 rebounds.
James Harden scored 39 points and dished out 10 assists without Chris Paul to lead the Rockets to a 108-101 victory over the Spurs.
Duds of the Night
Danny Green scored nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in the Raptors’ loss to the 76ers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in the Bucks’ 94-87 loss to the Heat.
Josh Jackson converted this sneaky inbound pass steal into a powerful finish at the rim against Washington.
Josh did ’em DIRTY! pic.twitter.com/qHHi8QDTai
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 23, 2018
Luka Doncic took Jonas Jerebko off the dribble and slammed down this dunk, getting the hoop plus the foul. The Warriors went on to win 120-116.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 23, 2018
Clippers (19-13) at Warriors (21-11) 8:30 p.m. ET — The Clippers are 1-0 against the Warriors this season and they’ll get a chance to improve upon that mark Sunday. Los Angeles had a convincing 132-111 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, so it’ll carry confidence from that game into this next contest.