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Harris, Thybulle's big games lead 76ers past struggling Raptors

Tobias Harris scored 26 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle had a career-high 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their 12th straight home victory.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 26 points

76ers' Tobias Harris (12) goes up for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell (24) during the second half of Philadelphia's 110-104 win on, Dec. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/The Associated Press)

This victory over the Toronto Raptors didn't feel as good as it should have to the Philadelphia 76ers because of their shaky finish.

Tobias Harris scored 26 points and rookie Matisse Thybulle had a career-high 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left, to lead Philadelphia 76ers to their 12th straight home victory, 110-104 over the Raptors on Sunday night.

Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists a day after scoring a career-high 34 points while hitting his second career 3-pointer as the Sixers remained unbeaten at home this season.

Philadelphia led by 20 points with 6 1/2 minutes left and seemed on the way to an easy victory before seven turnovers down the stretch, including turnovers by Joel Embiid on three consecutive possessions, had coach Brett Brown feeling lukewarm about the win.

"Where do we begin?" Brown responded when asked about the finish. "The way it ended left a little bit of a sour taste."

Thybulle finally iced the game with a pair of free throws with 26.3 seconds left that made it 107-100.

WATCH | 76ers edge out Raptors 110-104:

Both Tobias Harris and Kyle Lowry led their respective teams with 26 points in Philadelphia's 110-104 win over Toronto. 1:38

Kyle Lowry, playing in his second game after missing 11 in a row due to a broken left thumb, scored 26 points, and OG Anunoby had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto. The defending champion Raptors have lost three in a row.

"Our rhythm wasn't great and we didn't shoot it great," Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

Embiid returned from a one-game absence due to a hip injury, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds. Embiid was benched with 2:08 remaining after committing the three turnovers but did return to the floor. He had seven of Philadelphia's 17 turnovers.

"He had some rough decisions, but he's one of the main reasons we won," Brown said. "Something we will learn and grow from."

Toronto got close late, but the Raptors had dug too big of a hole in the third quarter.

Philadelphia held Toronto to 36 per cent shooting in the first half while taking a 57-42 lead at the break. The 76ers continued to clamp down on the Raptors offence after halftime and got a big lift from the bench during a decisive third-quarter run that saw their lead grow to as many as 20 points, 73-53, on Al Horford's hook with 4:23 remaining in the period.

It was 63-53 Philadelphia when Lowry made the first of two free throws with 5:51 left. Then, Thybulle sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a James Ennis III layup before Horford's shot that capped a 10-0 run over 1:28. Simmons put the exclamation point on the quarter with a driving, one-handed slam over Gasol.

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