A game after being buried by ball movement and three-point shooting, the Raptors copied that blueprint to great success on Wednesday night.

Rudy Gay set a career high in assists, Kyle Lowry was excellent in his hometown and DeMar DeRozan paced the club early.

Gay finished with 18 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, Lowry 13 points, 10 assists and only two turnovers (both in the first quarter) and DeRozan led the way with 33 in Toronto’s 108-95 win over the slipping 76ers.

On Sunday, Portland nailed 15 threes on 32 attempts and dished out 25 assists in an overtime win. The Raptors went just 3-for-17 from deep in that one and had 17 assists and 16 turnovers, with only three players notching assists — none of them named Rudy Gay.

From the jump, it was clear Toronto had received the message loud and clear that the team wasn’t passing enough. After considerable work in practice on moving the ball from side-to-side, Toronto was even overpassing early, leading to turnovers which kept the Sixers in the game. But the visitors eventually started executing better than at any point this season.

That, coupled with deadly shooting from outside (5-for-5 in the first quarter, 5-for-9 in the third) carried the Raptors to the win.

The Raptors shot 14-for-29 from three and set a season-best with 24 assists. Gay said he was consciously looking for his teammates early.

Head coach Dwane Casey liked what he saw.

“We need to make sure we put that in a bottle and bring it every night,” Casey said.

“We need to continue to find our identity offensively, and tonight is getting a good start on it.”

According to DeRozan, the Raptors have not proven anything yet.

“That’s how we’ve got to play, we’ve got to do it on a consistent basis. Not let the ball stick. We’ve got a lot of talented players on this team that can do various things. Rudy tonight showed what he can do with his passing ability,” DeRozan said.

“We understand that teams can’t guard the ball if we move the ball quick, there’s no way they can stay with the movement ... rotation’s going to be late. It’s just our job to knock down open shots.”

DeRozan was particularly hot, nailing his first three triples from the left corner. DeRozan had been shooting tremendously on corner thress on the season (now 10-for-16), but the team has been urging him to take more attempts.

Sophomore Terrence Ross turned in one of the finest games of his young career, mixing shooting, athletic plays at the rim, stellar defence and even a few passes in an encouraging all-around effort that followed his second-half benching against Portland.

Steve Novak scored eight points in 15 minutes and was credited for opening up more space on the floor — along with Ross — for the other Raptors.

“He didn’t hurt us whatsoever defensively, he did a good job there,” Casey said after praising Novak’s shot-making ability.

“We’re trying to find who we are. Some guys need the same areas of the floor and are still trying to figure out a rhythm in those areas.”