Holiday leads 76ers past Raptors 108-101 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After sending the game to overtime, Jrue Holiday single-handedly took over during the extra session.

In the process, the fourth-year point guard continued to make a strong case for his first career All-Star berth next month in Houston. The reserves will be announced on Thursday night.

Holiday had a career-high tying 33 points and 14 assists, including all 12 of Philadelphia's points in overtime as the 76ers overcame a 19-point second half deficit to defeat the Toronto Raptors 108-101 on Friday.

"I really don't know," Holiday said about whether he deserves to play in the All-Star game. "Obviously, that's a goal I'd like to have under my belt. If I have to do this every game for us for our team to win, so be it."

Thaddeus Young added 27 points and 14 rebounds while Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen had 12 apiece for the Sixers, who improved to 17-23.

Holiday delivered with a tough drive and layup with 1.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Then he scored every point the rest of the way for the Sixers, helping to avenge a 111-99 loss Tuesday night to the New Orleans Hornets.

"He took over," Young said. "Jrue was incredible tonight and carried us in overtime. It was a gut-check type of performance and he was there for us when we needed it in overtime."

Ed Davis had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. Terrence Ross and Alan Anderson each scored 18.

Jose Calderon chipped in 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 11 assists before fouling out for Toronto, which fell to 4-17 on the road. The Raptors lost their fourth in a row.

"They got us back on our heels and I thought we weathered the storm a little bit in the fourth quarter," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "We got back up 10 but again, they continued to street fight and we didn't respond."

Despite a depleted lineup, the Raptors led virtually the whole game and by as many as 19 in the second half.

Toronto was missing forwards Andrea Bargnani (torn right elbow ligament) and Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) along with center Jonas Valanciunas (broken right ring finger).

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