For a few fleeting moments of the first quarter, it looked as if Samuel Dalembert would take total ownership of the glass.
He had nine rebounds in the first quarter, four more than the six Toronto Raptors who had played to that point.
By the end of the night, he had 17 rebounds, nine offensively, one fewer than the entire Raptors team.
But Dalembert, the 76ers' center, wasn't able to transform many of those rebounds into points in what became a 95-84 opening-night loss.
This was a game in which the Sixers shot just 34.5 percent, in which they managed only three steals, in which they generated just four points off 10 Raptors turnovers, in which point guard Andre Miller wasn't able to record an assist after the first quarter.
The Sixers' 56-33 advantage on the glass wasn't nearly enough to negate the things that went wrong.
"We were our own worst enemy," Dalembert said. "It was one of those days. I kept fighting. I worked all summer on [offensive moves around the basket], but today they didn't fall. Overall, we were kind of hesitant. We got a feel for things, then kind of lost it."
The Sixers deactivated rookie Marreese Speights, perhaps in part to allow all of the veterans to be in uniform for opening night. The Wachovia Center crowd was announced as 15,750, including 408 fans who had Phillies tickets and were granted half-price admission. *