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12/13/2013 11:00 PM EST
DeRozan scores 27, Raptors beat 76ers 108-100
TORONTO 108, PHILADELPHIA 100

By IAN HARRISON
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Before they faced the Raptors, 76ers coach Brett
Brown told his struggling team he thought their luck was about
to change.

In the end, however, they just suffered more of the same.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Terrence Ross had a season-high
24 and Toronto beat Philadelphia 108-100 on Friday night,
handing the 76ers their fifth straight loss.

"You leave and you feel a little bit empty," Brown said after
his team closed within two points inside the final two minutes,
but couldn't pull it out. "You feel like you had a chance to go
get a road win and we didn't."

Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and matched his career high with
13 rebounds, Amir Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and
Greivis Vasquez scored 12 in his first game with Toronto as the
Raptors won for just the second time in eight games. Kyle Lowry
had a season-high 11 assists for Toronto.

Tony Wroten scored 23 points, Evan Turner had 21 points and 10
rebounds and Thaddeus Young scored 18 points for the 76ers, who
lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Spencer Hawes had 15 points
and James Anderson scored 13 for the Sixers, who have gone 4-17
since starting the season 3-0.

Turner said Brown had been full of confidence earlier in the
day.

"He said `Today I feel good, today I feel like this is a day
we're going to win and our luck is going to change,"' Turner
said. "We all felt that and it's tough that we couldn't pull it
out."

The 76ers, who matched a season worst with 26 turnovers in
Wednesday's loss at Minnesota, gave the ball away 17 times on
Friday, leading to 19 Raptors points.

"We've just got to come out sharper and tighter and with a
little bit of an edge," Brown said.

Consecutive baskets by Young brought Philadelphia within five at
87-82 with 8:22 left in the fourth, but Toronto responded with
three straight 3-pointers, two of them from Vasquez, taking a
96-82 lead with 7:11 left.

"After something like that, battling back the whole game, you've
only got so many shots left in you,' Hawes said.

Philadelphia didn't go quietly, however, and a running layup by
Wroten cut it to 100-98 with 1:56 remaining. Ross answered with
a corner 3 over Turner and DeRozan made one of two from the
line, then hit a jumper, putting Toronto up 106-98 with 40
seconds left.

"Talk about bouncy athletes," Brown said of Ross and DeRozan.
"They're hard guards, they're really difficult people to defend.
Those two guys had fantastic games throughout."

Ross had two dunks and a pair of 3-pointers in the first,
scoring 12 points in the quarter as the Raptors built a 36-21
lead after one.

"We have to get off to better starts, especially defensively,"
Hawes said. "We can come here and keep saying it but, until we
do, there's going to be no difference in the outcome."

Philadelphia closed the gap with a 10-0 run to start the second,
including six points from Anderson. The Raptors, who made only
six of 16 field goal attempts in the quarter, struggled to hold
on to the lead but remained in front thanks to eight points from
DeRozan. Toronto led 56-48 at halftime.

The Raptors made eight turnovers in the second, struggling as
they integrated newcomers Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and John
Salmons into the lineup. All three were acquired from Sacramento
on Monday in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Kings.

"We had some big turnovers in the second quarter, trying to
force some passes that weren't there," Toronto coach Dwane Casey
said. "I thought we cleaned that up in the second half."

Even with their starters back in, Toronto struggled to regain
control in the third. DeRozan scored nine points, while Ross and
Valanciunas each had six, but Turner had nine points and Hawes
eight for Philadelphia, which trailed 83-76 heading into the
fourth.

NOTES: Sixers G Michael Carter-Williams missed his fifth
straight game with a sore right knee. ... Philadelphia is 1-10
on the road. ... The Raptors won for the first time when
allowing 100 points or more. ... Toronto F Chuck Hayes, also
acquired from Sacramento, will not be cleared to play until he
undergoes baseline cardiac testing. Hayes, who displayed an
abnormality during heart tests in 2011, is unlikely to suit up
until next Wednesday's game against Charlotte. ... Tyler
Hansbrough returned for the Raptors after missing the previous
two games with a sore left shoulder. ... The game went ahead
despite a strike by some 600 catering, housekeeping and stadium
conversion staff that began earlier Friday. Striking staff
picketed outside the arena as fans arrived.

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