Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Wednesday, November 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 2nd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 3rd

76ers 81

(6-6, 4-3 away)

Raptors 75

(5-6, 5-1 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 20 24 18 1981
    TOR 21 24 13 1775

    Top Performers

    Phi: M. Jackson 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tor: V. Carter 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jackson, McKie carry Philadelphia

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Philadelphia 76ers were missing the NBA's leading scorer and two other starters. So they just worked harder.

    Marc Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, Aaron McKie added 21 and the 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 81-75 Wednesday night despite playing without Allen Iverson, Glenn Robinson and Derrick Coleman.

    Eric Snow had 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kenny Thomas added 13 rebounds and 12 points for Philadelphia.

    "People expected us to lose without our key guys, especially with us not having Allen," Snow said. "We just wanted to outwork them, to give ourselves a chance, and that's what we did."

    Iverson missed his first game in more than a year with a swollen right knee, ending a streak of 110 consecutive games played.

    Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Coleman (strained left knee) also stayed in Philadelphia.

    "When given the opportunity, I will produce," said Jackson, who went 10-for-16 from the field. "We just outworked them today. That was it."

    Vince Carter scored 20 points for the Raptors, who lost at home for the first time after winning their first five home games. Carter missed three jumpers in the final two minutes as the Raptors failed to close the gap.

    "This one hurts a little bit," Carter said. "We can't afford to lose games like this when they are missing three of their top players."

    Toronto rookie Chris Bosh had 16 points, but just two in the second half.

    Alvin Williams, Toronto's starting point guard, and Michael Curry, the starting small forward, were held scoreless in the game, while Jerome Williams, the starting power forward, had just two points.

    New Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill warned his team before the game not to take the Sixers lightly just because they were missing three starters.

    But Philadelphia outrebounded Toronto 42-35, including 11-2 in the third quarter when the Sixers took the lead for good.

    "I said earlier in the day, I thought they would play hard," O'Neill said. "They did throw a hard game at us and we didn't respond as I hoped we would have. We got outrebounded and taken out of the game."

    McKie's fast-break layup after Carter's miss gave Philadelphia an eight-point lead with just under three minutes left.

    Toronto's Lamond Murray followed with a 3-pointer, but Snow hit a 20-foot jumper to give Philadelphia a six-point lead with 2:37 remaining.

    Toronto's Antonio Davis followed with a layup to cut the lead to five, but the Raptors missed their last seven shots from the field.

    "It was like we shot ourselves in the foot with open looks," Bosh said.

    Carter missed two straight jumpers and Bosh missed a 20-foot jumper.

    Carter made two free throws to cut the lead to three with 19 seconds remaining, but Jackson made one of two free throws with 17 seconds left.

    Bosh missed another long jumper, and Toronto's Milt Palacio missed a 3-pointer before Snow sealed the win with two free throws with 7 seconds remaining.

    "I'm really proud of our guys," said Philadelphia coach Randy Ayers, whose team has four of its six wins on the road "We gave an effort for 48 minutes."

    Game notes

    Iverson last sat out the final game of the 2001-2002 season. He banged his knee in the first quarter of Friday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs. ... Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado sat courtside. Delgado finished second to Alex Rodriguez in AL MVP voting. The Raptors' mascot held up a sign that read" 'The Real MVP.' Not many fans cheered. ... Carter scored Toronto's first nine points. ... The Raptors had their first sellout of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 75
    FGM-FGA 29-69 (.420) 28-69 (.406)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 4-18 (.222)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-42 7-35
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 11 12
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Marc Jackson Jackson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 20
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0