76ers 108, Raptors 101, OTBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Jan 18, 2013 10:10 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA -- Jrue Holiday, who matched his career high of 33 points and added 14 assists, notched the tying basket with 1.9 seconds left in regulation and then tacked on all 12 of his team's points in overtime Friday night as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors, 108-101. Thaddeus Young had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers (17-23), who rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to win for the second time in three games, but just the fifth time in the last 19. Ed Davis had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Toronto (14-26), which dropped its fourth straight. Toronto led 96-92 after Alan Anderson made two free throws with 8.8 seconds left in regulation. But Philadelphia's Spencer Hawes tipped in Young's miss with 5.9 seconds left, and after an errant inbounds pass by Toronto's Jose Calderon, Holiday scored on a drive with 1.1 seconds remaining, tying the game. Holiday also scored the first four points of overtime, on a drive 34 seconds into the extra period, after stealing the ball from Kyle Lowry, and then on a jumper with 1:55 left. He also countered Calderon's 3-pointer with a triple of his own, then tacked on a layup and three free throws. Anderson and Terrence Ross also had 18 points for the Raptors, who held a 64-45 lead early in the third quarter, only to see the Sixers outscore them 27-9 the rest to cut the gap to 73-72. Holiday had six points in the run, while Young and Evan Turner added five apiece. The Sixers took their first lead of the game on Hawes' basket 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, only to see Ross answer with a jumper. That triggered a 15-4 Raptors run, giving them an 88-78 lead. Toronto was still up by 10, at 92-82, when the Sixers reeled off eight straight points, six of those by Young, to make it 92-90 with 2:54 to play. On the next Toronto possession Anderson lost the ball while rising to shoot from the right wing. But Amir Johnson saved the loose ball at the baseline to Davis, who knocked in a short jumper to give the Raptors a four-point lead. Anderson also countered Young's dunk by making a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds left, making it 96-92. Ross scored 12 points in the first half -- all in the second quarter, on 4-for-4 from 3-point range -- and Davis added 11, as the Raptors took a 60-43 lead. Toronto, which made its last seven shots of the first period, shot 58.5 percent from the field in the first 24 minutes. Holiday countered with 11 first-half points for the Sixers. A 3-pointer by Calderon early in the third quarter extended the Toronto lead to 64-45. NOTES: The NBA announced Friday that the referees had erred Wednesday when the Raptors' Johnson was not awarded free throws after being fouled by Chicago's Joakim Noah with 3.3 seconds left in overtime in a game the Bulls went on to win, 107-105. "It is what it is," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It doesn't change our record. ... It shows the system's in place, and there is accountability for everybody." ... Sixers coach Doug Collins believes Holiday is "playing at an All-Star level" and "definitely in the conversation" for a spot as a reserve on the Eastern Conference team, which will be announced Thursday. But Holiday is far from a sure thing, in Collins' mind. "Would our record hurt him?" the coach said. "I would say yes." ... Casey, when asked about Holiday's candidacy, said, "Right off the top of my head, he's got my vote. I love the kid." ... Jason Richardson started at guard for the Sixers, despite having his left knee drained Thursday. Backup center Kwame Brown was not in uniform because of what the team described as a sinus infection.
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