Raptors-76ers: Toronto Starts Season Strong with Win in Philly

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IOctober 29, 2008

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Well, the season is finally here and the Raptors started it out with a big 95-84 win against the division rival Philadelphia 76ers. Jermaine O'Neal played a great game in his start with the Raptors, and the Raptors' defense was also great.

"I feel really good,'' O'Neal said. "I said from the time I got here that I wanted to be part of the team and bring playoff-type intensity every night. We have to treat every game like a playoff game.''

He sounds happy to be in Toronto, and when you decide you want to come to Toronto instead of Cleveland to play with LeBron and the Cavs, he must really feel strongly about the Raptors organization.

After starting out cold and only scoring 18 in the first quarter, the Raptors soared in the second quarter, scoring 33 points and taking a 51-45 lead at half time. They did not look back. Their defense did not look like the Raptor defense of old as they held a Sixers team, who has many offensive threats, to only 84 points.

Chris Bosh had a fantastic start to the season as he went off for 27 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Jermaine O'Neal and Jason Kaponowere were the other two highest scorers for the Raptors, Kapono with 15 and O'Neal with 17 and also eight rebounds.

The leading scorer for Philly was Andre Iguodala who had 15 points and six assists.