Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 11th
Game 4: Sunday, April 12th

Raptors 106

(23-42, 11-24 away)

76ers 115

(31-31, 18-14 home)

    Coverage: CSN/TSN2

    7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2009

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 19 20 35 32106
    PHI 19 37 36 23115

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Bargnani 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Phi: T. Young 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Young nets 29, Dalembert snaps slump as Sixers roll reeling Raptors

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- Samuel Dalembert heeded the advice of Hall of Fame center Moses Malone earlier this week when the former Philadelphia center told him to get mean.

    Thaddeus Young scored a career-high 29 points, Dalembert snapped out of his recent slump, and the Philadelphia 76ers handed the Toronto Raptors their sixth straight loss with a 115-106 victory Wednesday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The 76ers snapped a three-game home losing streak and defeated the Raptors for the second time in three seasons.

    • Philly outscored Toronto 37-20 in the second quarter.

    • The Raptors have lost six straight and are assured their first losing season since 2005-06 (went 27-55).

    -- ESPN research

    "We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people," Sixers coach Tony Dileo said. "Both [Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller] were hurting tonight and Sam really stepped up and Thad really stepped up."

    Dalembert, who entered the night with only three blocks over the last four games, recorded his 11th double-double of the season with a season-high 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Young was 13-for-20 from the field as Philadelphia (31-31) got back to .500.

    "Obviously, Chris Bosh is a very good player," said Dalembert, who has come under criticism over a recent four-game span of uninspired play. "After I got that first foul [just 11 seconds into the game] I put everything on the line. I said, 'Hey, you cannot be soft on him. Don't let him get going,' and that changed the game for us."

    Bosh was limited to 17 points for Toronto after consecutive 30-point outings. He had scored a total of 57 points in two previous meetings this season against Philadelphia, but missed four of his first five shots and struggled to get anything going for much of the night.

    "We didn't do a good job of getting in front of people defensively and Dalembert was the beneficiary," Toronto coach Jay Triano said. "Our offense was fine, but we couldn't stop them."

    Especially Young, who thought the only thing that stopped him from his first 30-point game was his teammate, Lou Williams. Young missed a pair of late free throws, then gave a look toward Williams.

    "I just went out there and played," Young said. "The difference between today and any other day is I was making shots and my team kept me going. I thank them for leaning toward me to get me shots. I knew I had 29 points. I'm blaming Lou. He jinxed me and had a nice talk with me before I took those free throws."

    Game notes

    Iguodala left the game for the final 5:51 of the first half with a lower back strain. He returned at the start of the second half. Without Iguodala, the Sixers extended an 11-point lead to high as 20 points and led by 17 at the half. . . . Miller saw a stretch of five consecutive 20-point games come to an end.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 115
    FGM-FGA 43-82 (.524) 44-78 (.564)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 22-30 (.733)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 10-38
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 3 6
    Blocks 0 5
    Fast Break Points 12 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 2 21

    Top Performers

    Andrea Bargnani Bargnani
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Thaddeus Young Young
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1