Welcome to the 10 things recap by theScore features writer William Lou. This edition reviews the Toronto Raptors' 119-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Reminder: The Raptors delivered a strong performance on the road against a tough division rival, easing tensions over their recent slip-ups. Toronto pieced together one of its best quarters of the season to start the game and then maintained a double-digit lead for much of the hard-fought contest.
Revival: Kyle Lowry always steps up in his hometown of Philadelphia, and this game was no different. Lowry set the tone early by attacking the basket for two layups and then kept that aggression going en route to 20 points. His gravity moving downhill created open opportunities for his bigs, and his confidence in shooting the three kept the Sixers' defense honest. Most of the Raptors' issues would be solved if Lowry played at this level on a nightly basis.
Prepared: The Sixers came in with a plan to double Kawhi Leonard at every opportunity, but the Raptors were prepared. Leonard was diligent in making the extra pass, which either translated directly to assists or turned into swing sequences in which the ball was rotated to the open weak-side shooter.
Adjustment: Leonard had a rough night shooting the ball, but got to the line for 17 free-throw attempts by coming around handoffs and getting penetration to the rim. Philadelphia tried to collapse on his drives, but Leonard was able to absorb contact and force the whistle.
Clamped: The Raptors rarely stick Leonard on the opposing team's main creator, but he always seems to dominate his matchup with Ben Simmons, who finished with six turnovers. Not only can Leonard physically impose his will against Simmons, but he can also afford to help off him since he's a non-shooter.
Hustle: Serge Ibaka continued his excellent season with 20 points and 10 rebounds despite battling foul trouble. Ibaka's ability to drain the mid-range jumper is vital to the Raptors' pick-and-roll game, and he's stepped up his rebounding of late to record a double-double in seven straight contests.
Support: Ibaka picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in quick succession early in the second quarter, which necessitated a long run from Greg Monroe. The Sixers mounted a small comeback in the initial moments while Ibaka was out, but Monroe eventually settled in and embraced the physical nature of the contest as he crashed the glass for key putbacks. All in all, this was one of Monroe's best showings of the season.
Boost: Norman Powell continues to thrive off the bench - so much so that he earned some crunch-time minutes ahead of Danny Green. Powell was a force in transition, and was able to consistently beat his man in isolation before finishing at the rim. He scored an efficient 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes.
Energy: Delon Wright and OG Anunoby both chipped in off the bench with their all-around activity, especially in the first half. Wright attacked the basket with purpose and sprayed gorgeous crosscourt passes, while Anunoby helped out on the glass and created chances off the bounce.
Unwatchable: Both teams competed hard throughout the contest, but the officials lost control of the game. A total of 49 fouls were called and 73 free-throws were attempted, which is simply ridiculous. Nobody wants to watch that.