Regular Season Series (Game 2 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

Raptors 95

(9-8, 4-6 away)

76ers 88

(9-10, 5-4 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2003

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 23 28 22 2295
PHI 19 22 26 2188

Top Performers

Toronto: D. Marshall 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Blk

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

Marshall, Rose lead the way

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose helped the NBA's worst offense look much better.

Marshall scored a season-high 27 points and Rose had eight assists in their Toronto debuts to help the Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-88 on Tuesday night.

Vince Carter added 21 points and a career-high 12 assists as the Raptors, averaging only 78 points -- reached 90 points for just the fourth time this season.

One day after finalizing a six-player trade that brought Marshall, Rose and Lonny Baxter from Chicago, Toronto led most of the way and had one of its highest shooting percentages of the season -- 47.2 percent -- while scoring at least 20 points in each quarter for the first time this season.

"We have so many guys who can stroke the ball, guys who can draw double teams. We're bound to score more points," Carter said.

Marshall was 10-of-14 from the field and Alvin Williams was 6-for-6. Rose shot just 3-for-10, but repeatedly found open teammates while handling much of the ballhandling duties.

"Sometimes when you go to a new team, there could be jealousy or guys don't want you to shoot," Marshall said. "But they were telling me where to go so I could be open, and Vince was telling me to keep shooting it. It was good that they had the confidence in us."

Carter reached a career high in assists by feeding Marshall for a 3-pointer with 2:47 left, giving the Raptors an 87-80 lead.

"I've been asking to get rid of 11 assists (as a career-high) for a long time, so when I get on the bus I'm going to thank 'em all," Carter said.

Philadelphia, led by Allen Iverson's 35 points, got no closer than four the rest of the way.

Iverson shot just 8-for-32 from the field and 18-for-23 from the line. He also had seven assists and seven rebounds.

"I give (Toronto) all the credit," Sixers coach Randy Ayers said. "They came in and hit shots and really did a good job of simplifying their offensive package to allow the new guys to play."

Carter got his 11th assist with 4:41 left in the third quarter, but Toronto then went more than seven minutes without a field goal to allow the Sixers to pull within three.

Philadelphia took its first lead since the first quarter on a layup by Kenny Thomas with 7:17 left that made it 76-75, but a corner jumper by Carter with 6:27 remaining gave the lead back to Toronto for good.

"Tonight was a big time blessing," said Rose, who played a team-high 44 minutes. "You've got to kind of wing it a little bit, use your instincts. We did a good job of simplifying the game plan, and guys did a great job of playing together."

Game notes

Philadelphia forward Marc Jackson fractured his left ring finger during the second quarter and did not return. He will see a hand specialist Wednesday, and Iverson predicted Jackson would be sidelined for six weeks. Jackson had 12 points and four rebounds in 12 minutes. ... Eric Snow of the 76ers needed five stitches to close a cut on his chin. ... Rose and Marshall both kept the same uniform numbers that they had in Chicago, but they had to pay two of their new teammates to get them. Rose would not disclose how much he paid Michael Bradley for No. 5, nor would Marshall say what he gave to Mengke Bateer for No. 42. "Those Europeans, they know how to negotiate," Marshall said of Bateer, who actually is Mongolian.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 95 88
FGM-FGA 34-72 (.472) 30-87 (.345)
3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 3-17 (.176)
FTM-FTA 20-29 (.690) 25-33 (.758)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-43 18-49
Assists 23 19
Turnovers 15 14
Steals 6 6
Blocks 9 3
Fast Break Points 6 2
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

Top Performers

Donyell Marshall Marshall
Points: 27
Reb: 9
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 4
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 35
Reb: 7
Ast: 7
Stl: 2
Blk: 0