The Raptors claimed win number thirty with their 107-95 performance over the Philadelphia 76ers. Toronto now leads the season series against their division rivals 2-1. With the victory they hold on to the third seed, remaining a half game above the trailing Boston Celtics.

This hard fought battle is Toronto’s fifth straight win, the second longest active streak in the league. Only the Milwaukee Bucks have a longer win-streak with 7 straight. This match was also their 15th straight home win against the 76ers.

After losing the first quarter, the Raptors outscored the 76ers 81-60 in the remaining three. Without Joel Embiid, Toronto was able to dominate the game down low, outscoring Philadelphia 52-18 in the paint. The 76ers attempted to bridge the gap with a season-high 46 three point attempts, scoring 56.8% of their points from beyond the arc.

The Pascal Problem

Pascal has not been playing well since his return. In those 6 games the all-star has averaged a sub-par 16.3 points on mediocre 43.7% shooting efficiency. His 20% (5/25) three point shooting is vexing to watch. He has been settling for the three point shot which is unusual for a player of his athleticism.

To produce as he was before his injury he needs to find that aggressiveness and attack the basket. His speed and agility allows him to outpace most power forwards while his size allows him to take on most small forwards. Settling for threes is not his way of getting into rhythm.

The “Everybody Eats” Raptors

It would do the team a disservice to claim one Raptors’ player was the top performer. Only six Raptors produced points in the contest but each one of those players had over 15.

Pascal despite the aforementioned woes, had an 18 point, 15 rebound double-double. Marc Gasol went perfect from the field (7/7) for 17 points. VanVleet went 85.7% (6/7) from deep and finished with 22 points. That’s not even mentioning Lowry, Ibaka, and Powell’s great performances.

The Raptors have gotten through the injury riddled portion of their season better than they started. The sheer amount of weapons they have available allows them to be extremely dynamic with their offence without losing anything on the defensive end.

Up Next For the Raptors

The Raptors will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the struggling New York Knicks. Toronto will have a prime chance to rise to second in the Eastern Conference standings if they can extend their win-streak over the next six games as they will be pitted against teams with losing records.

Tune in on January 24 at 7:30 PM/EST to cheer on the Toronto Raptors!