Raptors 124, 76ers 118
Oct. 16, 1997
TORONTO (AP) _ John Wallace scored 10 of his 24 points in the final four minutes as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 124-118 Wednesday night.
Damon Stoudamire added 24 points for the Raptors, who led by as many as 19 points late in the first half.
Rookie Tracy McGrady, making his first start of the exhibition season, scored seven points in the opening seven minutes and set the tone with a reverse dunk as the Raptors built a 66-53 halftime lead.
McGrady finished with 10 points, six assists and three rebounds.
Jim Jackson led the 76ers with 20 points, including a basket that cut Toronto's lead to 113-109 with 1:04 left. Derrick Coleman followed with a basket that made it 113-111, but that's as close as Philadelphia got.
Wallace, who played only 24 minutes, then hit a short jumper and Marcus Camby added a basket to put Toronto up 117-112 with just under 40 seconds to play.
Allen Iverson, who averaged 28 points in the 76ers' first two exhibition games, was held to 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Philadelphia rookie Tim Thomas scored 12 points in 16 minutes.