Spencer Hawes had a heck of an evening. He finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. It was all for naught though as the Philadelphia 76ers fell at home in blowout fashion to the Toronto Raptors.
The main culprit? Demar Derozan. He was unconscious, especially in the first half. Derozan finished with 33 points and was 3-of-5 from deep. What was most impressive was his ability to get to the cup at will as the Sixers defense looked helpless to defend him. Also chipping in for the Raptors were Rudy Gay with 18 and second-year player Terrence Ross with 17 points off the bench including going 3-of-4 from deep.
This was the Sixers fourth-straight loss and it looks like reality is starting to set in with this group. The Sixers enjoyed recent success against Eastern Conference powerhouses no less, but this may be a case of regression to the norm. No way they were going to keep up the pace they were going at.
Hawes’ massive night should not go unnoticed. He is one of the veterans that is absolutely thriving in new head coach Brett Brown‘s offensive system along with Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, who was absent from tonight’s game.
Hawes at 7-feet, has been particularly proficient from beyond the arc, as he is hitting three’s at a career-best clip. Pretty impressive for a guy of his stature. That continued tonight as he went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and nine of his 28 points were from three-point range.
If nothing else, the Sixers are boosting the trade value of some of their veterans with their play in this system. If Hawes keeps thriving like this though he may just be a keeper.