Wednesday , Apr , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers top playoff-bound Raptors in regular season finale

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Willie Green scored a career-high 37 points as
the Philadelphia 76ers ended their season with a 122-119 win over the playoff-
bound Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

“I just wanted to go out there and finish the season strong and have something
to build on, come together as a team out there, and play hard,” Green said.

Andre Miller had 29 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers
(35-47). Joe Smith finished with 26 points and 11 boards for Philadelphia.

Luke Jackson scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Chris
Bosh added 23 points and nine boards, for the Raptors (47-35), who lost their
final two games of the season after their six-game winning streak. Andrea
Bargnani donated 17 points in his first game after missing 14 because of an
appendectomy for Toronto, which will play New Jersey in the first round of the

“I want to play New Jersey,” said Bosh. “Honestly, I really didn’t care who we
played but now that we know the matchup, I welcome it.”

Green hit back-to-back triples to give the 76ers a 118-112 lead with 1:13 to

Jackson then got Toronto within four with a layup, but Miller’s layup put
Philadelphia right back up six with 46 ticks left.

Jackson’s drilled a three to cut the margin to three with 3.5 seconds showing
on the clock. Miller, however, made two shots from the charity stripe to ice
the win.

Philadelphia led 64-57 at the half, but went a 17-5 run in the third to take a
80-75 lead midway through the third. The 76ers were able to tie it at 86-86 at
the end of three quarters.

Trailing 103-97, Philadelphia scored eight straight points to take a 105-103
lead with 5:37 left to play.

Game Notes

Toronto won the season series, 3-1…The Raptors’ 47 win total matched a
franchise-high, set in 2000-2001…Toronto finished the season with a
franchise-best 30-11 mark at home, but had a seven-game home winning streak
broken…Toronto’s Morris Peterson is day-to-day with a hyperextended right
knee…The 76ers were again without Andre Iguodala (strained lower
back)…Toronto shot 53.5 percent, while Philadelphia shot 53 percent…The
Raptors outrebounded the 76ers 41-33…Philadelphia went 30-29 after trading
Allen Iverson.