Sixers use big second quarter to tame Raptors

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Nick Young scored 16 points each and the Philadelphia 76ers limited the Toronto Raptors to just seven points in the second quarter en route to a 93-83 victory Saturday at Air Canada Centre.

Dorell Wright added 15 points and six rebounds while Spencer Hawes chipped in 12 points and 11 caroms for the 76ers, who won their third straight game on the road after losing twice to the New York Knicks in a home-and-home series.

Small forward Evan Turner had eight markers, 12 rebounds and four assists and Royal Ivey added eight points, five assists and three steals for Philadelphia (4-2), which defeated the Boston Celtics, 106-100 Friday.

The Raptors (1-5) got 23 points from Andrea Bargnani, 19 from DeMar DeRozan and 14 points and 11 dimes from Jose Calderon, who started for the injured Kyle Lowry, but suffered their third straight loss.

Bargnani’s 13-foot jumper put the Raptors ahead, 22-12, in the first period but Ivey and Hawes scored four points apiece to bring the 76ers closer, 26-20.

In the second quarter, the Raptors suddenly went cold, missing 18 of their 20 shots and scoring just seven points.

The 76ers capitalized on that drought, unleashing an 18-3 run behind Hawes, Thaddeus Young and Nick Young to take a 38-29 lead.

After Bargnani scored on a close-range shot, Philadelphia then ended the second quarter with a 14-2 run for a 52-33 lead at the break.

Bargnani waxed hot in the third, scoring eight points and the Raptors outscored the 76ers, 29-17, to trim the gap to 69-62.

DeRozan buried a foul shot to make it 69-63 at the start of the final period but Wright sank two straight triples to make it 75-63.

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