National Basketball Association roundup: Leonard, Raptors rout 76ers


Kawhi Leonard, who missed most of last season with the San Antonio Spurs due to injury, has returned better than ever on both ends of the court. Simmons coughed the ball up a career-high 11 times as Leonard gave him fits all night.

Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, limited star 76ers guard Ben Simmons to 11 points, 10 assists and an incredible 11 turnovers.

Toronto's home winning streak against the Sixers is the second-longest against a single opponent in franchise history, eclipsedonly by an active 15-game streak against Minnesota.

Kyle Lowry, Toronto's starting point guard, had a brutal game going just 3-of-14 from the field and 0-of-9 on three-point attempts.

The Bucks didn't stop moving when they have the ball either, especially at the 3-point line.

Tony Parker had 24 points and 11 assists to lead a big night from Charlotte's bench as the Hornets beat the Miami Heat 125-113. He scored 31 points against the 76ers, becoming the first Raptors player with 20 or more points in his first six games with the franchise.

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These are early days still, but the Raptors continue to send a message to other Eastern Conference contenders: With Kawhi Leonard in the lineup you are going to have to play awfully well to top Toronto. Ask Alexa! Say "Alexa, enable Spreaker" and to start listening simply say "WagerTalk" when asked what you want to listen to!

Valanciunas scored eight points in the first quarter as Toronto led 35-36 after one, and then added seven more in the second to put the Raptors up 67-53 at halftime. The 14-game streak is the team's longest home winning streak since it won 24 straight from November 27, 1982-March 23, 1983.

The Raptors were coming off their first loss of the season, dropping an ugly 124-109 decision in Milwaukee the previous night. But on the Sixers' next possession, Lowry swatted the ball away from Embiid, and Green connected on a three-pointer and the Raptors were back up by 12.

Kyrie Irving capped a 23-7 third-quarter run with 11 consecutive points, including three 3-pointers, propelling host Boston to a big lead - which the Celtics almost blew before hanging on in a wild one against Detroit. The Sixers have not won in Toronto since a 93-83 victory on November 10, 2012.

Simmons plans to be more patient the next time around. "But I think we're also excited about how we play and everybody being part of - defensively, offensively everything we do - and hopefully we are positioned or prepared to play with who we got". Those are all career bests for Leonard and he is still averaging 2.0 steals per game while also making life hard for opposing players.