Raptors 128, 76ers 110

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TORONTO (AP)—Donyell Marshall and the Toronto Raptors went out of their way—way out—to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.

Marshall tied the NBA record with 12 3-pointers and the Raptors finished with a league-record 21 in their 128-110 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night.

Marshall was 12-for-19 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 38 points to help the Raptors match the franchise record for points.

The Raptors, 21-for-34 from 3-point range, broke the previous NBA record of 19 3-pointers set by Atlanta in a victory in Dallas on Dec. 17, 1996.

“The basket just looked humongous out there today,” Marshall said. “My teammates kept telling me to shoot it. They kept saying no matter what play we run we’re going to look for you in the corner.”

The 76ers repeatedly left Marshall open in the corner as Marshall tied the record set by Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers against Seattle on Jan. 7, 2003. The 6-foot-9 power forward tried to surpass Bryant’s record in the final 3 minutes, but one attempt rimmed in and out and he missed another

Marshall left to a standing ovation with 17.5 seconds left. His previous career high for points was 37 against Milwaukee on Feb. 23, 2000.

“You can’t give a great shooter like that open looks like that. It’s suicide,” Philadelphia’s Chris Webber said. “I told him in the first quarter if he gets those looks, he’d better go for the record and he did.”

Marshall, who is from Pennsylvania, knew a lot of family members and friends were watching on television.

“To do it against a team you grew up watching, it felt good,” Marshall said.

The two teams combined for an NBA record 31 3-pointers.

Marshall said he took advantage of Philadelphia’s style of defense.

“They are predicated on stopping you in the paint and making you shoot outside jump shots,” Marshall said. “When you have a coach that preaches that style they’re going to keep doing that no matter what.”

Toronto trailed by 10 in the first quarter, but the Raptors set a team record with 11 3-pointers in the first half. Marshall made a team-record six 3-pointers in the half, including his first five attempts.

“We knew all about the record at halftime. I was trying to do everything I could to keep him pumped up,” Toronto’s Jalen Rose said. “I told him what the record was. I told him who had the old record and who broke it before that. And I told him near the end of the game, don’t get tired.”

The Raptors went on a decisive 19-4 run in the third quarter as Rafer Alston and Jalen Rose had 3-pointers.

Marshall set the team record for 3-pointers in a game with an open shot from the corner with 4:12 left. He tied Bryant’s mark with 2:52 left.

“Any time you see a power forward step out and take 19 threes, that’s either grounds to get you out of the NBA fast or say that you’re a 3-point specialist,” Rose said.

Marshall is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer

“I want to be his agent. From now on he’s buying all of the dinners and all of the drinks. We got him paid today,” Rose said.

Allen Iverson had 32 points for the 76ers.


Rose had 25 points for Toronto, and Morris Petterson added 20. Peterson went 4-for-6 from 3-point range. … The Raptors tied the franchise record of 128 points, last done March 10, 1996, against Dallas. … Former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter sat courtside.

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