We now move on to Game 6 action for the teams who haven’t decided their series yet. The Toronto Raptors have battled the Philadelphia 76ers and tried to come back from 0-3 down. It is to be known that no team in NBA history has ever come back from a series when they are trailing 0-3. Having homecourt advantage, the Raptors will be looking to take the series to a game 7.
The Toronto Raptors started with Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Khem Birch. The Philadelphia 76ers went with a starting lineup of James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.
With the start of the opening tip, both teams played physically with the desire only to win. It was a crucial game for both teams as a win for either of them will mean the series is theirs for the taking. For the 76ers, James Harden and Joel Embiid went to work as they did not have any intentions of holding back. Gary Trent Jr and Chris Boucher came out big for the Raptors as they were going to work.
The 2nd quarter was headlined by Pascal Siakam who went on an absolute rampage. Boucher was supporting him and the Toronto Raptors were pushing the pace of the game. The 76ers weren’t behind as they had Danny Green who went lights out from beyond the arc and Joel Embiid operating in the interior. The 76ers were leading at the end of the first half 61-62.
Once the 3rd quarter started, the Raptors hands grew cold as they weren’t able to sink their shots in. The 76ers’ physical defense was wearing the Raptors down hence they could not get into gear. In the offense, Tyrese Maxey ran laps around the Raptors defense. He was completely unfazed by the defense and he took perimeter shots as well.
The score gap widened and the Raptors lost their touch somehow which led to some bad shots. The onslaught continued entering into 4th quarter. This time Embiid decided to bring his hammer down on the Raptors and not give them even a chance to come back. The Raptors were unable to respond and they succumbed to the 76ers.
Chris Boucher led the Raptors in scoring coming off the bench to give a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Pascal Siakam supported him with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Gary Trent Jr had 19 points and Scottie Barnes showed up with 18 points, 7 rebound, 3 assists and a steal.
For the 76ers, Embiid dominated with a double-double of 33 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Tyrese Maxey went off for 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. James Harden had an incredible double-double of 22 points, 15 assists and 6 rebounds. Tobias Harris had a double-double as well of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
76ers storm into the next round
The Philadelphia 76ers destroyed the Raptors with a scoreline of 132-97 to claim Game 6 of the series. They won the 1st round, 4-2 and will now go into the 2nd round where they will match up against the Miami Heat. The 76ers have a lot at stake in this playoffs and they will want to be the team to lift the silverware.
The Toronto Raptors have given their all in the playoffs. Many speculated that they would be a tough matchup for the 76ers but they fizzled out at the last moment. But, the future of the Raptors is bright. After they lost Kyle Lowry in a trade with the Miami Heat, the Raptors were thought to be finished. But they rallied back and had a great season. If they spend their time and resource in developing the young players properly, then the Raptors will be the team to beat in the coming seasons.