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
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
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."
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
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