The Toronto Raptors followed their first loss of the season with an impressive victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, beating their Eastern Conference rival by a final score of 129-112.
Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Raptors, but it took a team effort to hold off a late run by the 76ers.
With that in mind, here are five takeaways from Toronto's seventh win of the young season...
Business as usual for Kawhi Leonard
The 76ers had no answer for Kawhi Leonard. In 33 minutes of action, the two-time All-Star had 31 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. He shot an efficient 10-for-19 from the field and didn't commit a single turnover for the second straight game.
Leonard was at his best in the third quarter, when he scored 11 of his 31 points. He's now averaging 9.2 points per third quarter this season, putting him behind only Paul George (10.8) and Stephen Curry (10.4) for the most in the NBA.
It didn't look like the Raptors were going to need Leonard in the fourth quarter, but Joel Embiid caught fire and made the game interesting. Leonard responded by pouring in eight more points and coming up with one timely steal on Ben Simmons.
DAGGER pic.twitter.com/1Q4In2gasV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 31, 2018
In other words, the MVP chants were more than justified for Leonard on Tuesday.
Business as usual for Kyle Lowry
Don't let Leonard's performance overshadow what Lowry did, as he finished with 20 points and 12 assists, giving him his sixth straight double-digit assist game of the season.
According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Lowry didn't record his sixth double-digit assist game until Dec. 15 last season. Equally as impressive: Lowry is now one more double-digit assist game from tying a franchise record set by Damon Stoudamire in - wait for it - 1996.
That was ... a long time ago.
Lowry also hit a clutch 3-pointer for good measure that basically ended any hopes of a 76ers comeback. He's off to an unbelievable start this season.
Impressive defence on Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons came close to a triple-double, but he struggled to take care of the ball all game long, committing a career-high 11 turnovers.
Leonard was involved in a lot of those plays. He used his long arms to disrupt Simmons when they were matched up together and picked off a couple of his passes when he was in help position.
It's matchups like this that show how valuable Leonard's two-way play is.
Leonard and the Raptors took advantage of many of those opportunities, too, outscoring the 76ers 29-21 in points off of turnovers.
Pascal Siakam follows a career night with a career night
Your +/- winner of the night goes to Pascal Siakam, who finished the game with an eye-popping +24 next to his name.
After scoring a career-high 22 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, Siakam did a little bit of everything against the 76ers to the tune of 15 points, 15 rebounds, three steal and two assists. Those 15 rebounds set a career-high and gave him his second double-double of the season.
That's pretty impressive considering Siakam had zero double-doubles in his first two seasons with the Raptors.
Pascal Siakam, who didn't record a double-double in 136 games over his first 2 seasons, already has 2 in 8 games this season. He's got 13 points and 11 rebounds midway through the 3rd quarter tonight.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) October 31, 2018
Is it still too early to start the Most Improved Player talk? Because Siakam's case is growing by the game.
Jonas Valanciunas has his best game yet off the bench
It was another all-around effort by the Raptors, but Jonas Valanciunas deserves some recognition for his play.
In 17 minutes off the bench, the Lithuanian scored 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. With all but two of those points coming before the fourth, Valanciunas actually outscored Embiid 21-20 through three quarters.
While Embiid scored 11 points in the final frame, bringing his scoring total up to 31 on the game, there aren't many teams around the league that can bring a centre as talented as Valanciunas off the bench. When Fred VanVleet is healthy enough to return, the combination of him and Valanciunas could help Toronto's all-bench lineup find their rhythm again.