Raptors 94, 76ers 86

The Toronto Raptors had 24 hours to stew after a lackluster

15-point loss at Washington on Tuesday night.

And they took out their frustration on a team struggling worse

than they are.

Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points, Sonny Weems

added a career-high 25 and the Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers

94-86 on Wednesday night in a matchup of two of the worst teams in

the Eastern Conference.

Reggie Evans, who began the night fourth in the league in

rebounding at 11.5 per game, pulled down 14 for the Raptors, who

improved to 3-9 and snapped a two-game losing streak. Jose Calderon

chipped in 12 points for Toronto.

”I didn’t think we had respect for the game against

Washington,” said Evans, who had five offensive rebounds. ”A lot

of peers paved the way for us in this league. We got an F (Tuesday)

night. I think we got a much higher grade here and played with the

type of energy we need to be successful.”

Elton Brand led the Sixers with 27 points, Jrue Holiday added

17, and rookie Evan Turner had his second double-double with 11

points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young scored 10

points for Philadelphia (2-10), which has dropped five in a

row.

The Sixers played without starting guard Andre Iguodala for the

fourth time in the last six games because of tendinitis in his

right Achilles’.

”We’ve got to get it together,” Turner said. ”Sometimes, you

try to trust each other, but sometimes you just have to play

without thinking.”

Toronto went ahead 87-85 on a short turnaround jumper by

Bargnani with 2:22 left. After Turner hit 1 of 2 from the foul

line, Weems converted a layup for an 89-86 advantage with 1:25

remaining.

Weems added the first of two free throws with 49.6 seconds left

to give the Raptors a four-point cushion at 90-86.

”That was a big win,” Calderon said. ”The defensive intensity

was there at the end. We were much more aggressive in this game

than we were against Washington. It was like we were a different

team. It was nice to see us bounce back like that.”

The game was close throughout most of the fourth quarter.

Brand stole the ball and went the length of the floor to give

the Sixers an 85-83 lead, but Bargnani came right back with a

driving layup to tie the game with 3:05 remaining.

Bargnani scored 18 points in the first half to help the Raptors

take a 47-46 lead into the break.

Notes: Bargnani’s 3-pointer in the first quarter helped extend

Toronto’s streak to 954 consecutive games with at least one shot

converted from beyond the arc. The Raptors started the streak on

Feb. 26, 1999. … Reggie Evans had 10 rebounds at halftime for

Toronto. … The Sixers were just 1-for-8 from 3-point range.