PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 31 factors and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the undermanned Toronto Raptors 112-97 on Monday to take a 2-0 lead of their first-round playoff collection.
OG Anunoby had 26 factors for the Raptors, who had been enjoying with out prized rookie Scottie Barnes, who suffered a left ankle sprain in Game 1and sat courtside in a strolling boot. An ailing Gary Trent Jr., began the sport however performed solely 9 minutes.
Pascal Siakam had 20 factors and 10 rebounds for Toronto. Fred VanVleet scored 20 factors and Chris Boucher completed with 17 factors and eight rebounds.
The best-of-seven collection now heads to Toronto for Game 3 on Wednesday, the primary time Scotiabank Arena has hosted playoff basketball since Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2019.
In one in all their worst video games all season, the Raptors regarded little just like the workforce that took three of 4 video games off Philadelphia within the common season.
Toronto received off to a robust begin and led by a degree on the finish of the primary quarter, however then went ice chilly, lacking 14 consecutive area targets in a dry spell that straddled the second and third quarters.
When Embiid knocked down a three-pointer late within the third, the Sixers went up by 27 factors to the delight of the noisy Wells Fargo Arena. Philly took a 95-71 benefit into the fourth quarter.
The Raptors lastly confirmed some life within the fourth, slicing the distinction to simply 11 factors with a 15-0 run punctuated by an Anunoby three-pointer. The Sixers hit again although and when former Raptor Danny Green drove to the ring for a dunk, Philadelphia was again up by 19 with 4:18 to play.
VanVleet knocked down a 3 with 1:12 to play that made it a 12-point sport, however Toronto could not get the deficit to single digits.
Trent averaged 18 factors towards Philadelphia within the common season, however struggled mightily on Monday. He was held and not using a level and dedicated 4 fouls earlier than calling it an evening and heading to the locker-room early within the third quarter.
Barnes, in the meantime, placed on a courageous face at shootaround Monday. The finalist for NBA rookie of the yr, who was two assists shy of a triple-double in his playoff debut Saturday, mentioned his ankle was “feeling better, each and every day, for sure.”
Embiid’s 19 first-quarter factors – 11 of them from the free-throw line – matched his whole Game 1 complete. But the Raptors received off to a scorching begin, taking an early nine-point lead.
VanVleet had 4 three-pointers and 15 factors within the body, and the Raptors led 33-32 to begin the second. It was the primary time Toronto had led Philadelphia after the primary quarter all season.
The Raptors went chilly within the second quarter, capturing 1-for-8 from lengthy distance, and 34.8 per cent from the sector. On the defensive finish, they allowed the Sixers to shoot 57.9 per cent.
Harden’s finger roll halfway by means of the body capped a 27-13 Sixers run that had them up by 13. They took a 67-52 benefit into the halftime break.
Embiid and the Sixers beat up Toronto in a 131-111 rout in Saturday’s Game 1, prompting Raptors coach Nick Nurse to problem the officers earlier than tipoff on Monday.
“There were several shots to the face, which I don’t understand (why they) were not reviewed,” Nurse mentioned. “I hope they’ve received sufficient guts to not less than cease the sport and have a look at that stuff tonight.
“I don’t thoughts physicality and we count on it to get bodily. We’ve received to have the ability to deal with it.”
Game 4 is Saturday in Toronto. The collection would head again to Phily for Game 5 if crucial.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed April 18, 2022.
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