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PHILADELPHIA -- Guard/forward DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and guard Kyle Lowry had a triple-double Friday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95.

Lowry, a Philadelphia native and Villanova University graduate, finished with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (22-20), who won their second straight and ended a four-game road losing streak. It was his first triple-double of the season and the fourth of his career.

Ex-Sixer John Salmons, a guard/forward, added 12 points off the bench for Toronto, which improved to 16-8 since trading guard/forward Rudy Gay to Sacramento on Dec. 9.

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points to lead Philadelphia (14-29), which lost for the fourth time in five games. Forward Thaddeus Young added 16 points and center Spencer Hawes contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds.

DeRozan, who scored a career-high 40 points in Wednesday's victory over Dallas, notched 16 in the fourth quarter Friday, when the Raptors outscored Philadelphia 24-17. Four of his points came in a 9-0 run, which allowed Toronto to extend an 87-83 lead to 96-83 with 4:47 remaining.

The Sixers drew no closer than six thereafter.

DeRozan, who missed nine straight shots from the floor at one point, finished 10-for-22. He was also 13-for-16 from the foul line, and claimed nine rebounds.

The Raptors, outscored by a combined 60-26 over the first quarters of their two previous games, burst out to a 15-2 lead, as DeRozan scored six points and forward Terrence Ross added five. But the Sixers responded with a 20-5 flurry featuring contributions from eight different players, and went up 22-20.

Philadelphia, which was ahead 28-27 at the end of the period, scored 18 points in the paint in the first 12 minutes, to six for Toronto. The Sixers continued to attack the basket, extending their advantage to 34-27 on a layup by Hawes early in the second period before Toronto bounced back.

Salmons capped an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer, giving the Raptors a 38-36 edge.

There were six ties and three lead changes in the half's last 6:10, with the Sixers claiming a 53-52 halftime edge.

At that point, the Sixers had outscored the Raptors 34-16 on points in the paint. Carter-Williams topped Philadelphia with 10 first-half points, while DeRozan had 12 to pace Toronto, despite missing his last eight shots from the floor.

The two teams continued to jockey throughout the third quarter, with Lowry erasing a one-point deficit in the final 1:08, when he dropped in a floater and then nailed a tough jumper over 7-foot Dewayne Dedmon from the left wing.

In all, Lowry had 10 points, five assists and four rebounds in the period, which ended with Toronto holding an 80-78 lead.

NOTES: Earlier in the day, the Sixers signed C Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10-day contract. The 7-foot rookie is, at age 23, "incredibly raw," coach Brett Brown said before tipoff, having only begun playing basketball five years ago. But like fellow G-F Hollis Thompson, Dedmon is "not polluted," Brown said. That means he does not have a lot of bad habits to correct. "I've seen a lot of excellent things from Dewayne," Brown said. "I think that he's got a future in the NBA." ... Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle sprain) missed his 12th straight game. ... Sixers G Tony Wroten (right ankle sprain) sat out his third straight.
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