The Sixers don’t even need a great night from Embiid and Harden to dominate the Canadians (131-111), thanks to the goalkeeper’s 38 points. An ankle injury for the rookie, who may have to stop
Great start to the playoffs for Philadelphia who topped Toronto in race-1. The 76ers didn’t even need a particularly special night from the Embiid-Harden duo to get the better of the Canadians and in the end they won a solid 131-111. To take the spotlight we think of a sometimes unstoppable Maxey, who finds rhythm from the perimeter and becomes devastating in penetration thanks to his speed.
The Philadelphia player flirts with his career high and finishes with 38 points. Everything is going pretty badly for the Raptors who not only make an incredible effort defensively and end up suffering a clear loss, but also have to deal with the injury suffered in the fourth period by the rookie wonder Barnes. The former Florida State player is forced to throw in the towel after a fourth-period contact with Embiid with a left ankle problem, a potentially devastating loss for Toronto if he is forced to miss a few games.
To start up
The 76ers start with the right attitude and move the ball very well on offense, always finding good solutions. Harden moves to AC but Harris and Maxey find the basket with continuity, allowing the home side to take the reins of the game. The flashes of Anunoby and VanVleet in the second fraction are not enough, Toronto does too little in attack to worry Philadelphia and especially on the defensive level it constantly pays tribute to the games of Embiid and his companions. The hat-tricks of Thybulle and Harris at the end of the first half allow the 76ers to escape and reach the break in front of 69-51. The third period is entirely Maxey branded. The Philadelphia player does what he wants on offense, Doc Rivers gives him several shots and he responds to the greats by signing 21 of his 38 points at the fraction. Siakam tries to keep Team Canada in their wake but the game is scored by the 76ers who keep Toronto at a safe distance to continue winning with ease.
“Maxey made the difference – underlines the coach of Philadelphia Doc Rivers – he is not afraid of anything and his speed makes him a really difficult player to score, especially when he finds rhythm from the perimeter”. Very different atmosphere, however, in the Raptors locker room. “We didn’t have a good game but the credit goes to Philadelphia who dominated us from a physical point of view – underlines Nick Nurse – Barnes? The x-rays did not show any fractures but we have to wait for the magnetic resonance to understand the extent of his injury.”
philadelphia cream: Maxey 38 (9/13, 5/8, 5/5 tl), Harris 26, Harden 22. Rebounds: Embiid 15. Assist: Harden 14.
Toronto: Siakam 24 (8/16, 1/2, 5/5 tl), Anunoby 20, VanVleet 18. Rebounds: Barnes 10. Assists: Barnes 8.
17 April – 08:22
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