The first pass was a tiny bit of a surprise, the second pass was entirely unexpected and the game-changing corner three-point shot they yielded should be required video for the Raptors before every game the rest of the season.

Clinging to a two-point lead in the dying minutes of a game, the Raptors — for once — did not revert to any kind of individual Hero-Ball play and got precisely the kind of shot they need.

The Terrence Ross three — the last of his 24 points — was the shot of the night as Toronto pulled away to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-100 before an announced crowd of 17,133 at the Air Canada Centre.

“A zing-zing pass to the weak-side corner and that’s the way we’ve got to play,” said coach Dwane Casey after Toronto moved to 8-13 on the season. “We’re not going to beat anybody with stellar one-on-one play each and every night. We’ve got to help each other with the screen and trust the pass.”

The Raptors were as trustworthy as they’ve been all year, tying a season high with 24 assists in a crisp and impressive performance.

There were some blips — they over-passed their way to a dreadful second quarter — but when the game was in the balance, it was share, share and share some more.

“That’s the type of ball movement we have to have. We took their best blow, they came at us, we sustained it with our defensive effort and I liked the way we approached the game,” Casey said.