Another night, another loss for the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night against their division foe, the Toronto Raptors.
Nerlens Noel remained sidelined with a sore wrist, along with Robert Covington, who may remain sidelined past their Saturday date in San Antonio with the Spurs. Richaun Holmes sat tonight as well after straining his hamstring in warm-ups.
Despite being empty handed, that didn’t stop Jahlil Okafor from continuing his excellent play. Okafor tallied 26 points and ripped down seven reounds, while swatting away a career high four shots. Jerami Grant notched his first double double of the season, who remained in the starting lineup in place of Robert Covington. Sauce Castillo continued to struggle from the floor, only connecting on 4/11 shots, 2/7 from downtown.
The bench carried the scoring tonight, following Okafor’s lead. Isaiah Canaan and Hollis Thompson (finally) shouldered the load for the bench. The two were a combined 10-16 beyond the arc, but that was not enough to outpace the Raptors, who were led by Philly native Kyle Lowry. The nine-year veteran Lowry in his homecoming to Philadelphia put up a team high 23 points while dishing out 8 assists on the night, on route to a Toronto victory in Philadelphia.
The winless Sixers (0-8), look to add one to the win column in Oklahoma City Friday Night, where they will face former MVP, Kevin Durant.